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Title: Reflexive learning : interactions with politically inspired ex-prisoners, community educators, and victims & survivors of paramilitary violence
Author: Hopkins, Marcus.
Awarding Body: Manchester Metropolitan University
Current Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University
Date of Award: 2006
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Learning for this thesis comes from an ethnographic process of engaging at an intimate level over a three year period with victims of paramilitary violence in Northern Ireland as well as with former paramilitary prisoners; the intention at the back of my mind being to glean an understanding of how successes and failures of community education programmes in a post-conflict Northern Ireland could be transferred for effective use in discouraging a tiny minority of British Muslims from engaging in acts of terror, and for providing a proactive community education framework aimed at reducing distrust between white British and British Muslims, a distrust now more apparent than ever post the London bombings of 2005 and constant warnings from the British government that terror attacks from al Qaeda related groups and individuals is more a probability than possibility. Ethnographic and auto-ethnographic engagement was done by attending several hundred community education workshops funded by the European Union through the Special EU Programmes Body, a UK - Irish cross-border body based in Belfast and set up as part of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Personal friendships were built up with around thirty people, enabling deep level discussions and deep levels of trust to be created; the two together creating a knowledge that transformed my own ability to engage in peace building educational workshops with a wide variety of groups and individuals, some former bombers, others bereaved or injured; some former IRA members, some Loyalists. Some were former Police, some former British army. Some widows, children or parents of security force personnel, others victims of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some English, some Irish, some Northern Irish; the hurt was all the same. Much of the data collected has had to excluded from the thesis for reasons of confidentiality, and even personal security, yet now the thesis has been completed, this `hidden data', and the continuing relationships with some of my research `interactants' will hopefully be published in some other form, a transferable form that together with the data in the thesis, could act as a conduit of learning, transferring what works and what fails from transformative peace building education programmes in a hopefully post-conflict Northern Ireland to a Britain that at the time of writing, is fearing it own home grown terror problem.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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