Dealing with the Legacy of Ethnic Conflict: Confronting ‘Othering’ through Transformative Adult Education—A Northern Ireland Case Study

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Abstract

Despite its peace process, Northern Ireland remains a deeply divided society. The legacy of a 30-year conflict has ensured that the state continues to be prone to outbreaks of violence over contentious issues such as Orange Order parading and the flying of national flags. This paper argues that in order to address this legacy, there is a need to confront the Othering processes that have helped to generate and sustain division. It will argue that programmes of adult education can play an important role in helping the conflicting groups to reimagine their ‘exclusive’ notions of the nation to one capable of incorporating the Other.
LanguageEnglish
Pages411-429
Number of pages20
JournalEthnopolitics
Volume16
Issue number4
Early online date14 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • Ethnic conflict
  • Othering
  • Conflict Transformation
  • Transformative education

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