Towards a Sociology of Social Compromise: Social Compromise Amongst Victims of Conflict in Northern Ireland, South Africa and Sri Lanka

  • John D. BrewerEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict book series (PSCAC)


Compromise refers to mutually acceptable agreements. These can apply to relations between states and in inter-personal social relationships between people. This chapter notes the difference between political and social compromise and proceeds to provide a sociological approach to social compromise in inter-personal relations between people. It advances a sociological theorisation of social compromise, something which the discipline has hitherto neglected, and applies it to understanding the practice of compromise amongst victims of conflict in Northern Ireland, South Africa and Sri Lanka. It argues that the discipline of sociology can help us better understand social compromise, and the chapter sets out a prolegomenon towards the sociology of social compromise, drawing on data from three post-conflict societies.


Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement Shared society Reconciliation Civil society 


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  1. 1.Queen’s University BelfastBelfastUK

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