Violence and the Sacred in Northern Ireland

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The work of Rene Girard has given us a critical lens through which to understand the central importance of sacred violence in Northern Ireland. Likewise Northern Ireland acts as a laboratory through which the hypothesis of model-rival and model-obstacle relationships can be viewed. This article explores the connectipons concluding that Girard provides an important insight into the pathology of conflict in ethnically conte4sted societies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-165
JournalContagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis and Culture
Issue numberSpring
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Apr 1995


  • Rene Girard
  • Northern Ireland
  • Peace
  • Conflict


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