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Religion, Civil Society, and Peace in Northern Ireland$
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John D. Brewer, Gareth I. Higgins, and Francis Teeney

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199694020

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694020.001.0001

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Contributions to the Social Peace Process

Contributions to the Social Peace Process

(p.29) Chapter 1 Contributions to the Social Peace Process
Religion, Civil Society, and Peace in Northern Ireland

John D. Brewer

Gareth I. Higgins

Francis Teeney

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the first stages of the conceptual framework for comparative analysis of religious peacebuilding, which is then applied to the Northern Irish case study. Categories of peacemaking discussed include active and passive, negative and positive, and political versus social peacemaking. It outlines a typology of active peacebuilding by the churches—ecumenical activity, mediation, cross community work, peace initiatives, anti-sectarianism, post conflict adjustment, and political dialogue. Those aspects which pertain to the social peace process are elaborated, with extensive examples and illustrative material from interviews.

Keywords:   peace, negative and positive peace, religious peacemaking, ecumenism

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