Memorialisation in post-conflict societies Critically interpreting the past

Kirk Simpson

in Truth Recovery in Northern Ireland

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780719078620
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703045 | DOI:
Memorialisation in post-conflict societies Critically interpreting the past

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Throughout societies such as Northern Ireland that have experienced the deleterious effects of political violence, the creation of fitting memorials should be integral to the efforts of transitional policymakers to combat widespread ambivalence towards the suffering of victims and the legacy of conflict. In the context of a discussion of the important interface between public narrative remembering and the memorialisation of the past, this chapter presents unique conceptual suggestions in relation to the forms that memorials in transitional Northern Ireland might take. It also offers an examination of the complexities of confronting and mastering uncomfortable public political and social memory as a necessary part of post-conflict transition and democratic reconstruction.

Keywords: Northern Ireland; memorialisation; democratic reconstruction; social memory; political violence

Chapter.  10252 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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