Northern Ireland a generation after Good Friday

Continuity and change in a divided society

By Colin Coulter, Niall Gilmartin, Katy Hayward and Peter Shirlow

Northern Ireland a generation after Good Friday


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3926-9
  • Pages: 320
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: August 2021
  • BIC Category: British and Irish Politics, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / 20th Century, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace, Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects / Peace studies & conflict resolution, Northern Ireland, Society & social sciences / Comparative politics


Since the Good Friday Agreement, Northern Ireland seems changed almost beyond recognition. Violent incidents that were once commonplace are now rare and a younger generation has emerged with identities and interests more fluid and cosmopolitan than their parents. At the same time, however, the region remains in the long shadow of its recent turbulent history. The marginalisation of those who were victims, and indeed agents, of violence proves emblematic of a society still unable to deal with the traumas of the past. Northern Ireland a generation after Good Friday seeks to capture the complex and often contradictory realities of the region's peace process. Across nine original essays, the authors provide a critical and comprehensive reading of a society that seems to have left its violent past behind but at the same time remains subject to its gravitational pull.


Northern Ireland a generation after Good Friday: An introduction
1 From the 'long war' to the 'long peace': Northern Ireland since the Good Friday Agreement
2 Fragmented, staggered and inept: addressing the legacy of the Troubles
3 Conflict-related prisoners: the perpetual trap of criminalisation
4 Ghosts of our lives: spectres of the past in recent Northern Irish cinema and television
5 More than two communities: those who are both, neither, other, and next
6 Rethinking the post-conflict narrative: women and the promise of peace in the 'new'
Northern Ireland
7 The Political economy of peace in Northern Ireland: social class in an age of boom and
8 Changed utterly? Northern Ireland's paralysis in a world of uncertainty


Colin Coulter is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Maynooth University

Niall Gilmartin is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Ulster

Katy Hayward is a Reader in Sociology at Queen's University in Belfast

Peter Shirlow is Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool

Northern Ireland a generation after Good Friday

By Colin Coulter, Niall Gilmartin, Katy Hayward, Peter Shirlow

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