From Mourning to Melancholia?

The Ambivalent Role of Commemoration in Facilitating Peace-Building in Northern Ireland

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This paper explores the potential of commemoration to assist successfully with contemporary conflict transition efforts in Northern Ireland.
It asks whether commemoration, as a form of addressing Northern Ireland’s relatively recent violent past, can, as Brandon Hamber
(2006: 562) asserts, ‘bolster national attempts to ‘‘re-establish’’ society, and as such have a healing and restorative dimension’. Instead of
focusing on solutions to socio-economic disparities, peace-builder John Paul Lederach’s (1997) approach to the psycho-social dimensions of
conflict offers a provocative model through which to assess the role of commemoration in creating sustainable reconciliation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-34
Number of pages7
JournalIrish Journal of Anthropology
Volume11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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