Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release Date : 2011-08-31
ISBN : 0199924228
Pages : 276 pages
Rating : 4.1/5 (999 users)
Summary Book Review Unionists, Loyalists, and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland by Lee A. Smithey:
Download or read book Unionists, Loyalists, and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland written by Lee A. Smithey and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2011-08-31 with total page 276 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book Synopsis: In Northern Ireland, a once seemingly intractable conflict is in a state of transformation. Lee A. Smithey offers a grassroots view of that transformation, drawing on interviews, documentary evidence, and extensive field research. He offers essential models for how ethnic and communal-based conflicts can shift from violent confrontation toward peaceful co-existence. Smithey focuses particularly on Protestant unionists and loyalists in Northern Ireland, who maintain varying degrees of commitment to the Protestant faith, the Crown, and and Ulster / British identity. He argues that antagonistic collective identities in ethnopolitical conflict can become less polarizing as partisans adopt new conflict strategies and means of expressing identity. Consequently, the close relationship between collective identity and collective action is a crucial element of conflict transformation. Smithey closely examines attempts in Protestant/unionist/loyalist communities and organizations to develop more constructive means of expressing collective identity and pursuing political agendas that can help improve community relations. Key leaders and activists have begun to reframe shared narratives and identities, making possible community support for negotiations, demilitarization, and political cooperation, while also diminishing out-group polarization. As Smithey shows, this kind of shift in strategy and collective vision is the heart of conflict transformation, and the challenges and opportunities faced by grassroots unionists and loyalists in Northern Ireland can prove instructive for other regions of intractable conflict.