Contributions to the Social Peace Process

John D. Brewer, Gareth I. Higgins and Francis Teeney

in Religion, Civil Society, and Peace in Northern Ireland

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694020
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191730825 | DOI:
Contributions to the Social Peace Process

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This chapter outlines the first stages of the conceptual framework for comparative analysis of religious peacebuilding, which is then applied to the Northern Irish case study. Categories of peacemaking discussed include active and passive, negative and positive, and political versus social peacemaking. It outlines a typology of active peacebuilding by the churches—ecumenical activity, mediation, cross community work, peace initiatives, anti-sectarianism, post conflict adjustment, and political dialogue. Those aspects which pertain to the social peace process are elaborated, with extensive examples and illustrative material from interviews.

Keywords: peace; negative and positive peace; religious peacemaking; ecumenism

Chapter.  27995 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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