Commemoration as Conflict: Space, Memory and Identity in Peace Processes

Hardcover | August 29, 2014

bySara McDowell, Máire Braniff

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Commemoration as Conflict provides an exploration of how the various practices and processes of commemoration, which involve both intangible representations and tangible material forms, can contribute both to the success or failure of peace processes in societies attempting to make the transition from armed conflict to some form of political accommodation. It considers the difficulties faced by conflictual parties in a peace process in reconciling their partisan practices of commemoration and material landscapes of memorialisation, which are often aimed at enhancing ethnic or group solidarity and integrity and territoriality, with the more pluralist context of a peace process. In thinking about these issues it draws upon a range of examples including Israel/Palestine, the former Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, the Basque Country and South Africa.

In this unique book, McDowell and Braniff attempt to unpack the ways in which processes of memorialisation can influence efforts to bring armed conflict to an end and asks whether it can exacerbate or even reactivate conflict as political circumstances change.

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Commemoration as Conflict provides an exploration of how the various practices and processes of commemoration, which involve both intangible representations and tangible material forms, can contribute both to the success or failure of peace processes in societies attempting to make the transition from armed conflict to some form of pol...

Sara McDowell is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Ulster, UK. Her research focuses on the geography of memory and conflict in divided and transitional societies including Northern Ireland, South Africa, Israel/Palestine, Sri Lanka, the former Yugoslavia and the Basque Country. Her current research focuses on the dyna...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.83 × 5.67 × 0.77 inPublished:August 29, 2014Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230273750

ISBN - 13:9780230273757

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Landscapes of Commemoration: The Relationship between Memory, Identity and Space
3. The Promise of Peace
4. A War by other Means? Commemorating Conflict in the New Northern Ireland
5. Contested Visions: Memory, Space and Identity in the Basque Country
6. Challenging the Boundaries of the Sri Lankan State: Memory-work and the Battle to Belong
7. An Intractable Conflict and an Irreconcilable past: Contesting the 'Other' through Commemoration in Israel/Palestine
8. Preserving the Past and Shielding the Future: Political Memories in the Former Yugoslav Countries
9. 'Till Jesus Comes Again': Consolidating Narratives of the Liberation Struggle in Post-apartheid South Africa
Conclusion