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Northern Ireland and the Divided World

Edited by John McGarry

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244348
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599866 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199244340.001.0001
Northern Ireland and the Divided World

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Written by a leading group of scholars in the field, this unique volume examines post‐Agreement Northern Ireland from a comparative perspective. It shatters the myth that Northern Ireland is ‘a place apart’ – its conflict the result of peculiarly local circumstances. The book is divided into two sections. The first includes theoretical chapters that centre on the concepts of consociationalism, social transformation, and integrationism. The second involves the case‐study approach, with Northern Ireland being compared with other divided societies in four continents, including the Aland islands, the Basque country, Canada, Cyprus, Corsica, East Timor, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, Puerto Rico, South Africa, South Tyrol, and Sri Lanka. The collection shows that comparative analysis is essential for understanding the dynamics of Northern Ireland's conflict and ethnic conflict in general. It also shows the value of comparative analysis for conflict management. The contributors offer a wealth of suggestions on how to consolidate or change the landmark Agreement that Northern Ireland's political parties reached in April 1998.

Keywords: Agreement; comparative analysis; conflict management; consociationalism; divided societies; ethnic conflict; integrationism; Northern Ireland; social transformation

Book.  374 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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1 Introduction: The Comparable Northern Ireland in Northern Ireland and the Divided World

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Northern Ireland: Consociation or Social Transformation? * in Northern Ireland and the Divided World

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Northern Ireland and the Basque Country in Northern Ireland and the Divided World

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Northern Ireland and Island Status in Northern Ireland and the Divided World

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