Political commemoration and peacebuilding in ethno-national settings: the risk and utility of partisan memory

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Abstract

This article examines partisan political commemorations and their impact on peacebuilding in ethno-national settings. It considers how commemoration can assume highly partisan, ideological frames working to exacerbate conflict but also argues that partisan forms of commemoration may be used in a more pragmatic, adaptive fashion that may underwrite peaceful politics. Whilst arguing this, the article notes that partisan commemoration can remain as a drag on peacebuilding, and so posits ways of counterbalancing this negative aspect, drawing on a case study examination of the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ in Northern Ireland. Proposals to facilitate adaptive commemoration, and foster activities that counter balance more partisan commemoration, are considered.
Original languageEnglish
Article number10.1080/21647259.2018.1491275
Pages (from-to)NA
JournalPeacebuilding
Early online date18 Jul 2018
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Jul 2018

Keywords

  • Commemoration
  • Political Memory
  • Memorials
  • Peacebuilding
  • Ethno-Nationalism
  • Memorialization
  • Transitional Justice

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