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‘“Moving On”: The Creation of a Peaceful Community in Northern Ireland’ / Cillian McGrattan

Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Volume: 12, Issue: 2, Pages: 172 - 189

Swansea University Author: Cillian, McGrattan

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DOI (Published version): 10.1111/j.1754-9469.2011.01150.x

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Debates over the direction of the Northern Irish peace process have moved from decommissioning and all-party inclusion to community relations and whether society is becoming more or less integrated and shared. This article contends that what is missing from this debate is consideration of the fact t...

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Published in: Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism
Published: 2012
Online Access: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1754-9469.2011.01150.x/abstract
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa13472
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Abstract: Debates over the direction of the Northern Irish peace process have moved from decommissioning and all-party inclusion to community relations and whether society is becoming more or less integrated and shared. This article contends that what is missing from this debate is consideration of the fact that a process of de-politicisation is occurring – specifically, inspired by a progressivist imperative, political discourse and engagement are increasingly moving from the public sphere to more privatised concerns. I argue that that vision does not speak to the trauma of the past and that the silencings, limitations, and dilemmas it leads to are most lucidly seen in recent Northern Irish drama productions. I conclude by sketching an alternative ethical vision based on an attachment to remembering historical injustices and a repudiation of the social pressure to draw a line under the past.
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Issue: 2
Start Page: 172
End Page: 189