Religion, Civil Society, and Peace in Northern Ireland (Paperback)
Oxford University Press, USA, 9780198702078, 249pp.
Publication Date: December 5, 2013
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This book is written by three 'insiders' to church peacebuilding in Northern Ireland, who bring their insight and expertise as sociologists to bear in their analysis of four-years in-depth interviewing with a wide cross section of people involved in the peace process, including church leaders and rank-and-file, members of political parties, prime ministers, paramilitary organisations, community development and civil society groups, as well as government politicians and advisors. Many of these are speaking for the first time about the role of religious peacebuilding in Northern Ireland, and doing so with remarkable candour. The volume allows the Northern Irish case study to speak to other conflicts where religion is thought to be problematic by developing a conceptual framework to understand religious peacebuilding.
About the Author
Gareth I. Higgins is the Executive Director of the Wild Goose Festival, a justice, spirituality and arts gathering in the United States. He has worked as a lecturer and research scholar at Queens University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin, and was the co-founder of the zero28 Project, a post-sectarian peacebuilding initiative in Northern Ireland from 1998 - 2007.
Francis Teeney is a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen and honorary lecturer at Queen's University Belfast. He is an active peace campaigner frequently commenting on radio, television and other media outlets. He is a consultative director of Mickel Health Initiatives and a founding member of the Emotions Research Consortium.