A Case of avoiding “political mumbo jumbo”: Do collective identities within ethnically diverse voluntary associations spill over to other contexts? Reflections on Northern Ireland's experience

Nick Acheson

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    This paper explores the role of voluntary associations in recent policies that address ethnic conflict where they are portrayed both as a source of division but also as part of a policy solution. This role in policy relies on the assumption that bridging social capital in associations that bring diverse people together can spill over to larger effects. Reporting recent research in Northern Ireland, the paper challenges this view both theoretically and empirically and finds that an important limiting factor is the degree of recognition collective identities gain outside the specific settings in which they are generated.
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    Pages203-220
    JournalPolicy & Politics
    Volume39
    Issue number2
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Milofsky (2008) ‘Peace-Building and Participation in Northern Ireland: Local Social Movements and the Policy Process since the Good Friday Agreement’ Ethnopolitics: Volume 7, Issue 1, 2008, Pages 63 – 80 Acheson N., C. Milofsky ( forthcoming) ‘Derry Exceptionalism and an Organic Model of Sustained Dialog’ in R.Lohmann and J. van Til (eds) Public Deliberation and Sustained Dialog: Pracademic Perspectives, New York: Columbia University Press Alcock, P. (2010) ‘A Strategic Unity: Defining the Third Sector in the UK’, Voluntary Sector Review 1 (1) 5- 24 Anheier, H., J. Kendall (2002) ‘Interpersonal trust and voluntary associations: examining three approaches’ British Journal of Sociology 53(3): 343-62. Bourdieu, P. (1986) ‘The Forms of Capital’ in J.G. Richardson (ed) Handbook of Theory and Research for the Sociology of Education, Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press Burnett J. (2007) ‘Britain’s Civilising Project: Community Cohesion and Core Values’, Policy & Politics 35 (2) 353-7 Cantle, T (2005) Community Cohesion: A New Framework for Diversity, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan Carmel. E., J. Harlock (2008) ‘Instituting the third sector as a governable terrain: procurement and performance in the UK’, Policy & Politics, 36 (2) . Castiglione, D., J.W. van Deth, G. Wolleb (2008) ‘Social Capital’s Fortune: An Introduction’ in D. Castiglione, J.W. van Deth and G. Wolleb (eds) The Handbook of Social Capital, Oxford: Oxford University Press Cochrane and Dunn (2002) People Power? The Role of the Voluntary and Community Sector in the Northern Ireland Conflict, Cork, Cork University Press Commission on Integration and Cohesion (2007) Our Shared Future, London, author Darby, J. (1986) Intimidation and the Control of Conflict in Northern Ireland, Dublin: Gill and MacMillan. 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(2002a) The Politics of Territory: Policy and Segregation in Northern Ireland, Basingstoke: New York, Palgrave. Murtagh, B. (2002b) Social Activity and Interaction in Northern Ireland; Research update No. 10, Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, Belfast: Queens University Belfast and the University of Ulster http://www.ark.ac.uk/publications/updates/update10.PDF accessed 29/07/09 Murtagh, B. (2003). ‘Territoriality, Research and Policy Making in Northern Ireland’ in O. Hargie, D. Dickson (eds) Researching the Troubles: Social Science Perspectives on the Northern Ireland Conflict. Edinburgh and London: Mainstream Publishing. Murtagh, B., K. Keaveney (2006) ‘Policy Conflict Transformation in the Ethnocratic City’, Space and Polity 10 (2) 187-202 Newman, J., J. 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Milofsky (2008) ‘Peace-Building and Participation in Northern Ireland: Local Social Movements and the Policy Process since the Good Friday Agreement’ Ethnopolitics: Volume 7, Issue 1, 2008, Pages 63 – 80 Acheson N., C. Milofsky ( forthcoming) ‘Derry Exceptionalism and an Organic Model of Sustained Dialog’ in R.Lohmann and J. van Til (eds) Public Deliberation and Sustained Dialog: Pracademic Perspectives, New York: Columbia University Press Alcock, P. (2010) ‘A Strategic Unity: Defining the Third Sector in the UK’, Voluntary Sector Review 1 (1) 5- 24 Anheier, H., J. Kendall (2002) ‘Interpersonal trust and voluntary associations: examining three approaches’ British Journal of Sociology 53(3): 343-62. Bourdieu, P. (1986) ‘The Forms of Capital’ in J.G. Richardson (ed) Handbook of Theory and Research for the Sociology of Education, Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press Burnett J. (2007) ‘Britain’s Civilising Project: Community Cohesion and Core Values’, Policy & Politics 35 (2) 353-7 Cantle, T (2005) Community Cohesion: A New Framework for Diversity, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan Carmel. E., J. Harlock (2008) ‘Instituting the third sector as a governable terrain: procurement and performance in the UK’, Policy & Politics, 36 (2) . Castiglione, D., J.W. van Deth, G. Wolleb (2008) ‘Social Capital’s Fortune: An Introduction’ in D. Castiglione, J.W. van Deth and G. Wolleb (eds) The Handbook of Social Capital, Oxford: Oxford University Press Cochrane and Dunn (2002) People Power? The Role of the Voluntary and Community Sector in the Northern Ireland Conflict, Cork, Cork University Press Commission on Integration and Cohesion (2007) Our Shared Future, London, author Darby, J. (1986) Intimidation and the Control of Conflict in Northern Ireland, Dublin: Gill and MacMillan. DCLG (2008a) The Government’s Response to the Commission on Integration and Cohesion, London: Department of Communities and Local Government DCLG (2008b) Cohesion Guidance for Funders Department of Communities and Local Government DHSS (1993) Strategy for Support of the Voluntary Sector and for Community Development, Belfast: Department of Health and Social Services Flint, J. (2007) ‘In Response to Jon Burnett: Britain’s Civilising Project: Community Cohesion and Core Values’, Policy & Politics, 35 (3) Foley, M. W., Bob Edwards (1999) ‘Is it Time to disinvest in social capital?’ Journal of Public Policy 19(2): 141-73. Geys, B., Z. Murdoch (2008) How to Make Head or Tail of “Bridging” and “Bonding”?: Addressing the Methodological Ambiguity, the British Journal of Sociology 59 (3) 435-454 Halpern D. (2005) Social Capital, Cambridge: Polity Press Harris, M., P. Young (2009) ‘Developing Community and social cohesion through grassroots bridge-building: an exploration’, Policy & Politics 37 (4): 517 -534 Harris, M., P. Young (2010) ‘Building Bridges: the Third Sector Responding Locally to Diversity, Voluntary Sector Review 1 (1): 41-58 Harriss, J., P. De Renzio (1997) ‘Missing Link or Analytically Missing? The Concept of Social Capital, Journal of International Development 9 (7): 919-37 Heying, C.H. (2001) ‘Civic Elites and Corporate Delocalization: An Alternative Explanation for Declining Civic Engagement’ in B. Edwards, M.W. Foley, M. Diani (Ed) Beyond Tocqueville: Civic Society and the Social Capital Debate in Comparative Perspective, Hanover, NH: University of New England Press Home Office (2002) ‘Community Cohesion: a Report of the Independent Review Team’, London: the Home Office Hooghe, M. (2003) ‘Voluntary associations and democratic attitudes: Value congruence as a causal mechanism’ in D. Stolle, M. Hooghe (eds) Generating social capital: Civil society and institutions in comparative perspective, Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan. Hooghe, M. (2008) ‘Voluntary Associations and Socialization’ in D. Castiglione, J.W. van Deth and G. Wolleb (eds) The Handbook of Social Capital, Oxford: Oxford University Press Hughes, J., C. Donnelly, G. Robinson, L. Dowds (2007) ‘Community Relations in Northern Ireland: the Long View’ http://www.ark.ac.uk/publications/updates/update10.PDF accessed 29/07/09 Kay F. and P. Bernard (2007) ‘The Dynamics of Social Capital: Who Wants to Stay in if Nobody is Out?’ in F.M. Kay, R. Johnston (eds) Social Capital, Diversity and the Welfare State, Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press Law, A., G. Mooney (2006a) ‘The Maladies of Social Capital I: The Missing “capital” in Theories of Social Capital, Critique – Journal of Socialist Theory 39: 127-144 Law, A., G. Mooney (2006b) ‘The Maladies of Social Capital II: resisting Neo-Liberal Conformism, Critique – Journal of Socialist Theory 40: 253-268 Lewis, J. (2004). ‘The State and the Third Sector in Modern Welfare States: Independence, Instrumentality, Partnership’ in A. Evers, J.-L. Laville (eds) The Third Sector in Europe, Cheltenham, Northampton, Mass: Edward Elgar. Lowndes, V., L. Pratchett (2008) ‘Public Policy and Social Capital’ in D. Castiglione, J.W. van Deth and G. Wolleb (eds) The Handbook of Social Capital, Oxford: Oxford University Press McAdam, D., S. Tarrow, C. Tilly (2001) Dynamics of Contention. Cambridge, Polity MacGinty, R. (2007) ‘Public Attitudes to constitutional options in the context of devolution’ in P. Carmichael, C. Knox, R. Osborne (eds) Devolution and Constitutional Change in Northern Ireland, Manchester, Manchester University Press Melucci, A. (1996) Challenging Codes: Collective Action in the Information Age, Cambridge. Cambridge University Press Murtagh, B. (2002a) The Politics of Territory: Policy and Segregation in Northern Ireland, Basingstoke: New York, Palgrave. Murtagh, B. (2002b) Social Activity and Interaction in Northern Ireland; Research update No. 10, Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, Belfast: Queens University Belfast and the University of Ulster http://www.ark.ac.uk/publications/updates/update10.PDF accessed 29/07/09 Murtagh, B. (2003). ‘Territoriality, Research and Policy Making in Northern Ireland’ in O. Hargie, D. Dickson (eds) Researching the Troubles: Social Science Perspectives on the Northern Ireland Conflict. Edinburgh and London: Mainstream Publishing. Murtagh, B., K. Keaveney (2006) ‘Policy Conflict Transformation in the Ethnocratic City’, Space and Polity 10 (2) 187-202 Newman, J., J. Clarke (2009) Publics, Politics and Power: Remaking the Public in Public Services, London, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications NICVA (2009) State of the Sector V: Northern Ireland Voluntary and Community Sector Almanac, Belfast: Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action NIVDA (2005) Committee Matters: an assessment of the characteristics, training needs and governance role of voluntary management committees in Northern Ireland, Belfast: Northern Ireland Volunteer Development Agency. OFMDFM (2005) A Shared Future: Policy and Strategic Framework for Good Relations in Northern Ireland, Belfast, Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister Pierson, P. (2001) The New Politics of the Welfare State, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Portes, A. (1998) “Social Capital: Its Origins and Applications in Modern Sociology’, Annual Review of Sociology 22: 1-24 Putnam, R.D. with R. Leonardi and R.Y. Nanetti (1993) Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press Putnam, R. D. (2000) Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, New York, London: Simon & Schuster. Putnam, R.D. (2007) ‘E Pluribus Unum: Diversity and Community in the Twenty-first Century, the 2006 Johan Skytte Prize Lecture’, Scandinavian Political Studies 30: 137-174 Putnam, R.D., K.A. Goss (2002) ‘Introduction’ in R.D. Putnam (ed) Democracies in Flux: The Evolution of Social Capital in Contemporary Societies, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press Putzel, J. (1997) ‘Accounting for the 'Dark Side' of Social Capital: Reading Robert Putnam on Democracy’ Journal of International Development 9 (7): 939-949. Robinson, D. (2008) ‘Community Cohesion and the Politics of Communitarianism’ in D. Robinson and J. Flint (Ed) Community Cohesion in Crisis: New Dimensions of Diversity and Difference, Bristol, the Policy Press Rothstein, B., D. Stolle (2003) ‘Social Capital, Impartiality and the Welfare State’ in M. Hooghe, D. Stolle (eds) Generating Social Capital: Civil Society and Institutions in Comparative Perspective, New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Ruane, J., J. Todd (1996) The Dynamics of Conflict in Northern Ireland, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press Salamon, L., H. Anheier (1998) ‘The Social Origins of Voluntary Action: Explaining the Nonprofit Sector Cross-Nationally’ Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Non-Profit Organizations 9 (3): 213-248 SEUPB (2008) ‘Peace III: EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation, 2007-2013 Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland, Operational Programme’, Belfast and Monaghan, Special European Union Programmes Body. Shirlow, P., B. Murtagh (2006) Belfast: Segregation, Violence and the City, London: Pluto Press. Skocpol, T. (1996) ‘Unravelling from Above’, the American Prospect 25 (March-April): 20-25 Stolle, D. (2003) ‘The Sources of Social Capital’ in M. Hooghe, D. Stolle (eds) Generating Social Capital: Civil Society and Institutions in Comparative Perspective, New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Tarrow, S. (1996) ‘Making Social Science Work across Time and Space: A Critical Reflection on Robert Putnam's Making Democracy Work’, American Political Science Review 90: 389 -397. Tarrow, S. (1998) Power in Movements: Collective Action and Mass Politics in the Modern State, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press Tilly, C. (2002) Stories, Identities and Political Change, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Todd, J. (2005) ‘Social Transformation, Collective Categories and Identity Change’, Theory and Society, 34 pp 429-463 Varshney, A. (2002) Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life: Hindus and Muslims in India, New Haven and London: Yale University Press Wells, P. (2008) ‘The Third Sector and Community Cohesion in Deprived Neighbourhoods’, in J. Flint, D. Robinson (Ed) Community Cohesion in Crisis: New Dimensions of Diversity and Difference, Bristol: the Policy Press

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