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The Legacy of Conflict: Memory and Northern Ireland's Post-Conflict Generation

Halliday, DM and Ferguson, N The Legacy of Conflict: Memory and Northern Ireland's Post-Conflict Generation. Culture and Psychology. ISSN 1354-067X (Accepted)

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Increasing attention has been directed at why and how young people are drawn into political violence. Central to this has been an examination of the localities in which young people dwell and the role that communal and familial ties may play in their involvement. Particular attention has been focused on the role of collective memory in shaping and maintaining cultural/social identities and the transference of those identities on to younger generations. However, less attention has been paid to the role and development of post-memory in younger generations within current debates around political violence and how this may influence young people. Drawing on recent research with youths in East Belfast this paper seeks to address the role of post-memory in shaping the identities of young people via an examination of how narratives of past ‘histories; both national and personal can encapsulate and transfer trauma experienced by previous generations, onto younger generations thereby creating and maintaining resentment and hostility leading to a ‘us’ and ‘them’ mentality through the generations and the potential implications this may have for future peace.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology, 1702 Cognitive Sciences, 2004 Linguistics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Justice Studies (new Sep 19)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2020 13:22
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 13:30
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12051

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