Introduction: Victimhood, Violence, and Northern Ireland

  • Sarah E. Jankowitz
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict book series (PSCAC)


The introduction provides a thematic overview of issues surrounding the construction and contestation of victimhood, starting with how the subject resonates in everyday society before moving to its role in conflict and finally to the specific case of Northern Ireland, where contested notions of victimhood burden an uneasy peace process. I provide a necessary background to the decades-long conflict in and about Northern Ireland, and clarify terminology to enable extensive engagement with the case throughout the course of the book. The introduction then poses the major question driving the project: how do perceptions of victimhood impact peacebuilding and reconciliation processes in Northern Ireland? I close by briefly laying out the structure through which the proceeding discussion and argumentation take shape.


Victims Conflict Northern Ireland Peacebuilding Reconciliation 


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  • Sarah E. Jankowitz
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  1. 1.Institute of Irish StudiesUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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