Conflict narratives, action frames, and engagement in reconciliation efforts among community activists in Northern Ireland.

Journal article


Rafferty, R. 2020. Conflict narratives, action frames, and engagement in reconciliation efforts among community activists in Northern Ireland. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. 26 (1), pp. 9-21. https://doi.org/10.1037/pac0000398
AuthorsRafferty, R.
Abstract

Reconciliation involves a sustained change in how groups perceive and interact with one another, at all levels of society. However, in many conflict-affected societies, only a small minority of individuals work actively toward this goal and it is not clearly understood how motivations to engage in reconciliation efforts can become more widespread. This study investigates the conflict narratives and action frames of activists in a conflict-affected society, and explores how these relate to different degrees of engagement in reconciliation efforts. In-depth interviews were conducted with 27 community activists in Northern Ireland in 2014; 14 were strongly engaged in reconciliation efforts and 13 had limited or no engagement in reconciliation efforts. Thematic analysis of the interview transcripts revealed that reconciliation activists articulated conflict narratives and action frames that differed markedly from those articulated by community activists who have little or no engagement in reconciliation efforts. These findings contribute to a better understanding of the role of interpretative processes, such as narratives and framing, in alternatively supporting or reducing individuals’ motivations to work toward social reconciliation in a conflict-affected society. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)

KeywordsPolitical Science and International Relations
Year2020
JournalPeace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology
Journal citation26 (1), pp. 9-21
PublisherAmerican Psychological Association (APA)
ISSN1078-1919
1532-7949
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1037/pac0000398
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/624651
hdl:10545/624651
Publication datesFeb 2020
Publication process dates
Deposited03 Apr 2020, 15:11
Accepted2019
ContributorsUniversity of Derby
File
File Access Level
Open
Permalink -

https://repository.derby.ac.uk/item/95112/conflict-narratives-action-frames-and-engagement-in-reconciliation-efforts-among-community-activists-in-northern-ireland

Download files

  • 15
    total views
  • 0
    total downloads
  • 1
    views this month
  • 0
    downloads this month

Export as

Related outputs

Transitional justice from above and below: Exploring the potential glocalising role of non-governmental organisations through a Northern Ireland case study
McGaughey, F., Rafferty, R. and Maguire, A. 2023. Transitional justice from above and below: Exploring the potential glocalising role of non-governmental organisations through a Northern Ireland case study. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly. 74 (3), pp. 1-38. https://doi.org/10.53386/nilq.v74i3.1018
Mobile agency and relational webs in women’s narratives of international study
Anderson, Vivienne, Cone, Tiffany, Rafferty, R. and Inoue, Naoko 2021. Mobile agency and relational webs in women’s narratives of international study. Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-021-00714-7
Defining the Platform of Positive Peace
Standish, Katerina, Devere, Heather, Suazo, Adan and Rafferty, R. 2021. Defining the Platform of Positive Peace. in: Palgrave Macmillan.
Narratives Of Navigation: Refugee-Background Women’s Higher Education Journeys In Bangladesh And New Zealand
Anderson, Vivienne, Cone, Tiffany, Inoue, Naoko and Rafferty, R. 2020. Narratives Of Navigation: Refugee-Background Women’s Higher Education Journeys In Bangladesh And New Zealand. Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies. https://doi.org/10.11157/sites-id458
Legitimising peace: representations of victimhood and reconciliation in the narratives of local peacebuilders in Northern Ireland
Rafferty, R. 2020. Legitimising peace: representations of victimhood and reconciliation in the narratives of local peacebuilders in Northern Ireland. in: Routledge.
Do we really offer refuge? Using Galtung's concept of structural violence to interrogate refugee resettlement support in Aotearoa New Zealand
Rafferty, R., Burgin, Anna and Anderson, Vivienne 2020. Do we really offer refuge? Using Galtung's concept of structural violence to interrogate refugee resettlement support in Aotearoa New Zealand. Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies. https://doi.org/10.11157/sites-id455
“It affects me as a man’: Recognising and responding to former refugee men’s experiences of Resettlement
Rafferty, R., Ali, Nijmeh, Galloway, Megan, Kleinshmidt, Heidi, Lwin, Khin Khin and Rezaun, Mercy 2019. “It affects me as a man’: Recognising and responding to former refugee men’s experiences of Resettlement. University of Otago.
Rights, resources and relationships: A ‘three Rs’ framework for enhancing the resilience of refugee background youth
Rafferty, R. 2019. Rights, resources and relationships: A ‘three Rs’ framework for enhancing the resilience of refugee background youth. in: Routledge.
The costs of choice in the New Zealand history curriculum
Rafferty, R. 2018. The costs of choice in the New Zealand history curriculum. Briefing Papers.
Engaging with the violent past to motivate and direct conflict resolution practice in Northern Ireland
Rafferty, R. 2017. Engaging with the violent past to motivate and direct conflict resolution practice in Northern Ireland. Conflict Resolution Quarterly. 35 (2), pp. 197-221. https://doi.org/10.1002/crq.21204
Navigating identities and emotions in the field: a local researcher’s strategies in Northern Ireland
Rafferty, R. 2017. Navigating identities and emotions in the field: a local researcher’s strategies in Northern Ireland. Journal of Conflict Transformation & Security.
International support for peace processes: New Zealand case study
Rafferty, R. 2017. International support for peace processes: New Zealand case study. Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Understanding the cultural dimension of intractable conflict: What are the implications for peace education practice?
Rafferty, R. 2014. Understanding the cultural dimension of intractable conflict: What are the implications for peace education practice? Peace Studies Journal.