Political Commemoration: The Inclusion Dynamics of 'Partisan Commemoration'

Political Settlements Research Programme Working Paper 2017

Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper No. 19-01

18 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2018

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Kris Brown

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute

Date Written: February 10, 2018

Abstract

The paper examines how politically partisan commemoration appears divisive, yet can paradoxically underpin peace by cohering communities ambivalent about the direction of travel during the dislocations of transition. Partisan forms of memory can also assist key groups to adapt their ethno-national narratives so that they are congruent with a more peaceful environment. However, partisan memory may still present risks to peace in undermining trust and maintaining an ongoing cultural conflict of symbols and narratives; the paper discusses ways this can be counter-balanced with more inclusive and critical forms of commemoration.

Keywords: Political Commemoration, Politics of Memory, Ethno-Nationalism, Northern Ireland, Peacebuilding

Suggested Citation

Brown, Kris, Political Commemoration: The Inclusion Dynamics of 'Partisan Commemoration' (February 10, 2018). Political Settlements Research Programme Working Paper 2017; Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper No. 19-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3121664 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3121664

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Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute ( email )

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