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The Sociology of Compromise after Conflict

  • John D. Brewer
  • Offers a wealth of insights into how academics, practitioners and courts can tackle the difficulties faced by post-conflict societies

  • Focusses on Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Sierra Leone and Colombia

  • Draws upon six years of rich empirical data including interviews with first generation victims in societies emerging out of conflict

  • Speaks to scholars of sociology, criminology, victim studies, political science, and international relations


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict book series (PSCAC)

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About this book


This book introduces a new and original sociological conceptualization of compromise after conflict and is based on six-years of study amongst victims of conflict in Northern Ireland, South Africa and Sri Lanka, with case studies from Sierra Leone and Colombia. A sociological approach to compromise is contrasted with approaches in Moral and Political Philosophy and is evaluated for its theoretical utility and empirical robustness with in-depth interview data from victims of conflicts around the globe. The individual chapters are written to illustrate, evaluate and test the conceptualization using the victim data, and an afterword reflects on the new empirical agenda in victim research opened up by a sociological approach to compromise. This volume is part of a larger series of works from a programme advancing a sociological approach to peace processes with a view to seeing how orthodox approaches within International Relations and Political Science are illuminated by the application of the sociological imagination.


Sociology of compromse Politics peacebuilding peace sri lanka colombia south africa northern ireland sierra leone security justice public sociology victims violence trauma moral philosophy war transitional justice victims of conflict war crime

Editors and affiliations

  • John D. Brewer
    • 1
  1. 1.Queen’s University BelfastBelfastUnited Kingdom

About the editors

John D. Brewer is Professor of Post Conflict Studies in the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast, UK.

Bernadette C. Hayes is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Conflict, Transition, and Peace Research in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Aberdeen, UK.

Francis Teeney is Honorary Research Fellow in the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast, UK.

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