Everyday life after the Irish conflict

The impact of devolution and cross-border cooperation

Edited by Cillian McGrattan and Elizabeth Meehan

Everyday life after the Irish conflict

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8728-8
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: September 2012
  • BIC Category: Humanities / British & Irish history, Society & social sciences / Political oppression & persecution, Irish Studies, Political oppression & persecution, Peace studies & conflict resolution, HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace, Northern Ireland


Everyday life after the Irish conflict is the first book to address the specific topic of the intersection of the processes of conflict transformation and devolution with daily life in Northern Ireland in a rigorous and systematic fashion. Bringing together new research from established academics, new voices and civil society actors, this book documents the changes that have occurred in people's everyday lives as the region moves away from a violent past.

Supported with a wealth of new empirical material, the book charts the impact of devolution and conflict transformation in four parts: an overview of the changes is followed by chapters that explore the areas of space, place and human relations. The third part looks at economic and social life while a concluding chapter takes a comparative approach by addressing the differences and similarities between the Northern Irish and Scottish experiences of devolution.


"This comprehensive set of essays brings a new and much-needed angle to the social and political literature on Northern Ireland."

(Jennifer Thomas, Political Studies Review, May 2014


Part 1 Introduction and context
1 Introduction: The politics of everyday life
Cillian McGrattan and Elizabeth Meehan

2 The rocky road from enmity
Duncan Morrow

Part 2 Space, place and human relations in Northern Ireland
3 Routine divisions: segregation and daily life in Northern Ireland
Neil Jarman and John Bell

4 Promoting good relations: the role of schools in Northern Ireland
Joanne Hughes and Caitlin Donnelly

5 Everyday evangelicals: life in a religious subculture after the Agreement
Gladys Ganiel and Claire Mitchell

6 'Sometimes it would be nice to be a man': negotiating gender identities after the Good
Friday Agreement.
Theresa O'Keefe

7 Women's political participation
Bronagh Hinds

Part 3 Cross-border dimensions of everyday economic and social life
8 The impact of devolution on everyday life, 1999-2010: the case of cross-border commerce
Aidan Gough and Eoin Magennis

9 A common floor of rights protection? The Belfast Agreement, 'equivalence of rights' and
the North-South dimension
Colm O'Cinneide

10 Realising the potential for cross border service provision: lessons from the health sector
Brian Ó Caoindealbhain and Patricia Clarke

Part 4 Conclusion; a comparative perspective on inclusion in everyday political life
11 A 'new politics' of participation?
Elizabeth Meehan and Fiona Mackay


Cillian McGrattan is Lecturer in Politics at the University of the West of Scotland and Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for British-Irish Studies, University College, Dublin

Elizabeth Meehan is Professor Emerita in the Law School at Queen's University, Belfast and Visiting Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations, University College, Dublin

Everyday life after the Irish conflict

Edited by Cillian McGrattan, Elizabeth Meehan

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