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Religion, Civil Society, and Peace in Northern Ireland

John D. Brewer, Gareth I. Higgins, and Francis Teeney


This study is written by three ‘insiders’ to church peacebuilding in Northern Ireland, who are also sociologists and bring to their analysis a wealth of experience and analytic insight, based on four years of qualitative interviewing amongst church leaders and rank‐and‐file members of political parties, prime ministers, paramilitary organizations, community development, and civil society groups, as well as government politicians and advisors. It seeks to correct various misapprehensions about the role of the churches by pointing to their major achievements in both the social and political dime ... More

Keywords: Northern Ireland, religion, civil society, peace, religious peacebuilding, religion and conflict, terrorism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199694020
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694020.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John D. Brewer, author
Sixth-Century Professor of Sociology, University of Aberdeen

Gareth I. Higgins, author
Executive Director of the Wild Goose Festival, USA

Francis Teeney, author
Research Fellow, Aberdeen University