Dup discourses on violence and their impact on the northern ireland peace process

Amber Rankin*, Gladys Ganiel

*Corresponding author for this work

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    This paper analyses the Democratic Unionist Party's (DUP) discourses about paramilitary violence in Northern Ireland. Drawing on narrative analysis of DUP discourses reported in Northern Ireland's largest unionist newspaper, the News Letter (1998-2006), it explores the relationship between the party's identity, its discourses about republican and loyalist paramilitaries, and the impact of these words on the DUP's electoral success and on the peace process. The paper argues that these discourses may haunt the progress of peace-building, not least because the DUP will find it hard to disentangle itself from a history of scepticism and nay-saying even as it takes a leading role in a devolved Executive designed by an Agreement it longscorned.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)115-135
    Number of pages21
    JournalPeace and Conflict Studies
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008


    • religion and violence

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Safety Research
    • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
    • Social Sciences(all)

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