Conflict narratives, action frames, and engagement in reconciliation efforts among community activists in Northern Ireland.
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractReconciliation involves a sustained change in how groups perceive and interact with one another, at all levels of society. However, in many conflict-affected societies, only a small minority of individuals work actively toward this goal and it is not clearly understood how motivations to engage in reconciliation efforts can become more widespread. This study investigates the conflict narratives and action frames of activists in a conflict-affected society, and explores how these relate to different degrees of engagement in reconciliation efforts. In-depth interviews were conducted with 27 community activists in Northern Ireland in 2014; 14 were strongly engaged in reconciliation efforts and 13 had limited or no engagement in reconciliation efforts. Thematic analysis of the interview transcripts revealed that reconciliation activists articulated conflict narratives and action frames that differed markedly from those articulated by community activists who have little or no engagement in reconciliation efforts. These findings contribute to a better understanding of the role of interpretative processes, such as narratives and framing, in alternatively supporting or reducing individuals’ motivations to work toward social reconciliation in a conflict-affected society. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)
CitationRafferty, R. (2020). 'Conflict narratives, action frames, and engagement in reconciliation efforts among community activists in Northern Ireland'. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 26(1), pp. 9-21.
PublisherAmerican Psychological Association (APA)
JournalPeace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology