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The rocky road from enmity

Duncan Morrow

in Everyday Life After the Irish Conflict

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780719087288
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781781704561 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719087288.003.0002
The rocky road from enmity

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Huge efforts have been made to find a way beyond the violent stalemate produced by Northern Ireland's underlying crisis of legitimacy. At the core has been the search for social and political stability and the ending of hatred sufficient to enable all the people of the north to live together within a single constitutional framework. This chapter explores both the complex and challenging context of historic national antagonism and the degree to which political change in recent years has promoted reconciliation. While there is no doubt that there have been major achievements in reducing violence and creating shared institutions, the challenges of reconciliation remain. The chapter concludes that Northern Ireland has the characteristics of a society caught between truce and transformation, which is evident in the weakness of policy making, the fragility of peace in some places and an ongoing anxiety about the need to control more violent elements.

Keywords: Legitimacy; National and Political Identity; Partition; Violence; Conflict Resolution; International and Intergovernmental Cooperation; Reconciliation; Ambivalence

Chapter.  7609 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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