The role of political discourse in conflict transformation: Evidence from northern Ireland

Katy Hayward*

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Abstract

This article introduces this volume by constructing a model for analysing political discourse as an instrument of conflict and peace, drawing on evidence from the Northern Ireland case. It identifies three processes, or stages, in a peace process in which political discourse can play a unique and crucial role: (i) the construction of a (conceptual) framework within which negotiations can take place, (ii) the facilitation of agreement between moderate and extreme positions, and (iii) the forging of common ground. The motivating thesis of this research is that discourse analysis is a vital resource for deepening our knowledge of why, how and when violence can erupt and peace can be built.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalPeace and Conflict Studies
Volume15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Safety Research

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