1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of the Northern Ireland Conflict and Peace

Edited By Laura McAtackney, Máirtín Ó Catháin Copyright 2024
    650 Pages 62 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of the Northern Ireland Conflict and Peace is the first multi-authored volume to specifically address the many facets of the 30-year Northern Ireland conflict, colloquially known as the Troubles, and its subsequent peace process. This volume is rooted in opening space to address controversial subjects, answer key questions, and move beyond reductive analysis that reproduces a simplistic two community theses. The temporal span of individual chapters can reach back to the formation of the state of Northern Ireland, with many starting in the late 1960s, to include a range of individuals, collectives, organisations, understandings, and events, at least up to the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement in 1998.

    This volume has forefronted creative approaches in understanding conflict and allows for analysis and reflection on conflict and peace to continue through to the present day. With an extensive introduction, preface, and 45 individual chapters, this volume represents an ambitious, expansive, interdisciplinary engagement with the North of Ireland through society, conflict, and peace from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, theoretical frameworks, and methodological approaches.

    While allowing for rich historical explorations of high-level politics rooted in state documents and archives, this volume also allows for the intermingling of different sources that highlight the role of personal papers, memory, space, materials, and experience in understanding the complexities of both Northern Ireland as a people, place, and political entity.

    Laura McAtackney and Máirtín Ó Catháin

    Overview of the Troubles
    Máirtín Ó Catháin

    PART 1: Debates and controversies

    1. ‘Rigorous impartiality’? The UK Government, Amnesties and Northern Ireland Conflict Legacy 1998-2022
    Thomas Leahy

    2. The cutting edge of the IRA: the armed struggle North and South of the Border
    Brian Hanley

    3. Collusion
    Mark McGovern

    4. Getting beyond No: Ulster loyalist political thought during the Troubles
    Connal Parr

    5. Political Memoir-writing and Personal Narratives: Researching the Conflictual past in Northern Ireland
    Stephen Hopkins

    6. Gender and class in Progressive Loyalism
    Sophie Long

    7. Northern Ireland: still a place apart?
    Aaron Edwards

    PART 2: Environment and the everyday

    8. ‘The writing on the wall’: the myths of Free Derry, 1968-72
    Máirtín Ó Catháin

    9. ‘Everything was concrete: the everyday impacts of planning and urban redevelopment policy before and during the Troubles
    Adrian Grant
    10. The Troubles, emigration to Britain and transnational memories of conflict
    Fearghus Roulston Jack Crangle, Graham Dawson, Liam Harte and Barry Hazley

    11. How economists have interpreted the Troubles
    Graham Brownlow

    12. Writing the intersections: representing gender and class in Troubles fiction
    Ciara McAllister

    13. Reconsidering children’s experiences of the conflict in Northern Ireland
    Lucy Newby

    PART 3: Events and personalities

    14. ‘Fidel Castro in a mini-skirt’ or ‘St Joan of the Barricades’? Versions of Bernadette Devlin McAliskey
    Sarah Campbell

    15. The strategic transformation of Provisional Irish Republicanism, 1979-98
    Jack Hepworth

    16. John Hume and his ideas
    Thomas Dolan

    17. Catholic Bishops and Priests, Internationalism and the Conflict in Northern Ireland: The Links to Germany
    Jan Freytag

    18. Spattered Tunic: Trade Unions in the Northern Ireland Conflict, 1968-98
    Emmet O’Connor

    19. Women in Long Kesh/Maze prison: We Were there (2014), memory and visuality
    Fionna Barber

    20. The Politics of Gender in the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition
    Robin Whitaker

    PART 4: Strategies and aftermath

    21. Dissident Irish Republicanism: Keeping the Flame Alive
    Marisa McGlinchey

    22. Policing and Peace in Northern Ireland: Change, Conflict and Cmmunity Confidence
    Joanne Murphy

    23. Everyday Architectures and Spaces of Territory and Division
    David Coyles

    24. Sinn Féin and the IRA Narrative
    Agnès Maillot

    25. Reconciliation and ‘Whataboutery’ in Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland
    Cillian McGrattan

    26. Beyond Simple Binaries? Reflecting on Immigrants’ Experiences in Northern Ireland
    Philip McDermott

    27. Politics, Homophobia and the Socio-Legal evolution of LGBTQ+ Communities in Northern Ireland
    Marian Duggan

    PART 5: Reflective practice

    28. Where am I? Unsettling Encounters in Researching Memory, Subjectivity and Conflict Transformation After the Northern Irish Troubles
    Graham Dawson

    29. Photography and the Northern Irish Conflict: A Short History
    Anthony Haughey

    30. Meeting Place
    Bryonie Reid

    31. Curating the Troubles Legacy: ‘Art can Tread Were Words and Politics Often Can’t’
    Kim Mawhinney

    32. Journalism in Troubled Times
    Malachi O’Doherty

    33. Northern Protestants’ Irish Ghost Limb
    Claire Mitchell

    PART 6: Heritage and Memory

    34. The Challenge of Change: Museum Practice Informed by and Informing the Peace Process
    Elizabeth Crooke

    35. The Evolution of Heritage and Memory in a Divided Society
    Paul Mullan

    36. Exhibiting the Troubles: How Museums Claim Space in the Landscape of Post-Conflict Societies
    Kathryn McClurkin

    37. Emblems of the Peace Process: Conflict-Related Artefacts in Northern Ireland’s Heritage Sector
    Erin Hinson

    38. Commemorating Conflict in the Paramilitary Museum
    Katie Markham

    39. Materializing Conflict and Peace: Presences and Absences from the Recent Past in the North of Ireland
    Laura McAtackney

    PART 7: Creative responses

    40. Things Don’t Seem Right: TheAffective and Institutional Politics of Writing About the North of Ireland from the North of England
    Caroline Magennis

    41. From Trauma to Promise? The state of Northern Ireland in Post-Agreement Drama
    Stephanie Lehner

    42. Centering the Home in the Study of Conflict: Domestic Space, Memory and the Troubles
    Eli Davies

    43. Staging Ground: Temporality and Site-Specificity at Ebrington Barracks
    Sarah Feinstein

    44. Religious women and the Troubles: an oral history
    Dianne Kirby

    45. A Ghost Estate and an Empty Grave: the O’Dowd Murders and their Aftermath
    Martin Doyle


    Laura McAtackney is Professor in Archaeology at the Radical Humanities Laboratory, University College Cork, Ireland, and Professor in Heritage Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark. She uses contemporary archaeological approaches to understand difficult recent pasts including the Northern Irish conflict and peace process, gendered institutions and colonial legacies. She is the author of An Archaeology of the Troubles: The Dark Heritage of Long Kesh/Maze (2014).

    Máirtín Ó Catháin is Senior Lecturer in Modern Irish History at the University of Central Lancashire. He has also worked for the Workers’ Educational Association and Ulster People’s College in Northern Ireland in the past and has specific interests in local labour and social history, oral history, and everyday life approaches to the Northern Irish conflict and peace process.