A Lens Over Conflicted Memory: Surveying ‘Troubles’ Commemoration in Northern Ireland

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The political functions of conflict-related commemoration have been examined inNorthern Ireland, as in other deeply divided societies. However, a gap in research has persisted.In order to properly examine and evaluate local commemoration as a political activity,we should find out the size and spread of this activity, and ascertain who is responsible for itsproduction. Accordingly, this paper presents the findings of a scoping survey of ‘Troubles’-related commemoration in Northern Ireland. We supply survey data in relation to types ofcommemoration; categories of actor; frequency; and location. Combining this with field observationof the forms and themes of commemoration, we examine how these data can frame ourunderstandings of the environment of ‘Troubles’ memory
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-162
JournalIrish Political Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Feb 2016


  • commemoration
  • Northern Ireland
  • Troubles
  • post conflict
  • divided society
  • Political Memory


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