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Unsung Heroes? The Role of Peace and Conflict Resolution Organizations in the Northern Ireland Conflict

Feargal Cochrane

in Northern Ireland and the Divided World

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244348
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599866 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199244340.003.0006
 Unsung Heroes? The Role of Peace and Conflict Resolution Organizations in the Northern Ireland Conflict

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Addresses the integrationist complaint that academics focus too much on political elites and not enough on civil society. Cochrane gives a comprehensive analysis of the role that peace and conflict resolution organizations have played in Northern Ireland. He shows, in a conclusion that is at odds with integrationist thinking, that many of these organizations are as divided as political elites along national lines, and are committed to a solution that accommodates both communities rather than to one that transcends one. The chapter is a useful reminder that one can want peace without wanting a merger of identities.

Keywords: accommodation; Agreement; civil society; conflict resolution organizations; identity; integrationism; Northern Ireland; peace organizations; political elites

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Subjects: UK Politics

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