The difficulties that have dogged the Northern Ireland peace process and the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement are rarely out of the headlines. This book gives a uniquely up-to-date insight into one of the issues at stake for the people of Northern Ireland - the long-term impact of political violence on the civil population.
The result of extensive research among local communities, and drawing on survey and interview evidence, Northern Ireland After the Good Friday Agreement sets this issue within the context of past conflict and the continuing sectarian violence of the present. In particular it presents the views of ordinary people about their personal experiences of political violence and the impact it has had upon their lives. Moreover, it shows how the Troubles have affected the young people of the region, and looks at the problems facing a society coming out of a protracted period of low-intensity conflict.
Mike Morrissey was Senior Researcher on The Cost of the Troubles Study and is the Director of the Urban Institute, University of Ulster. Together they have coauthored Northern Ireland's Troubles: The Human Costs and Personal Accounts from Northern Ireland's Troubles: Public Conflict, Private Loss, both available from Pluto Press. Marie Smyth, University of Ulster, is Chief Executive of the Institute for Conflict Research.
Preface 1. Putting the Past in its Place. issues of victim-hood and reconciliation in the Northern Ireland peace process 2. The Importance of Place. disaggregating the Troubles 3. A Special Kind of Victim. sectarian killing 4. The Young as Victims 5. Experiencing the Troubles 6. Severe Experience and Extreme Impact of the Troubles 7. The Troubles. The Experiences of Young People Conclusions; Justice, Truth and Closure Appendix 1: Constructing a database on sectarian assassination Appendix 2: Background to the Northern Ireland Survey Appendix 3: The Cost of the Troubles Study Questionnaire Appendix 4: The YouthQuest 2000 Questionnaire