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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
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