Conclusion: Towards Thicker Reconciliation

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


This chapter synthesises the themes and arguments developed throughout the book, reiterating the call that more complex constructions of victims are necessary to support thicker processes of societal reconciliation. I consider how my findings in the case of Northern Ireland resonate further afield before extrapolating insights into some of the present-day challenges in the region. I conclude with a discussion inspired by some of the more reconciliatory narratives that emerged in my research, which model potential ways to pursue thicker reconciliation. These include accepting the existence of multiple narratives and challenging past beliefs and attitudes about in-group responsibility and out-group motivations to re-humanise the ‘other’.


Victims Intergroup relations Reconciliation Responsibility Conflict 


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

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