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Title: Gender security : women's experiences of (in)security and policing in post-Agreement Northern Ireland
Author: Pierson, Claire
Awarding Body: Ulster University
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2015
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The purpose of this thesis is to challenge and further the understanding of security within the post-Agreement society of Northern Ireland. Using a feminist lens to examine security and policing in the conflict transformational society allows the research to uncover 'hidden' aspects of the transition from violent conflict to peace and contributes to a consideration of the role of gender in conflict and transition. The research takes a qualitative approach and uses the voices and experiences of women to challenge dominant understandings of security and to provide an alternative account of security and insecurity in a divided society. The thesis identifies a range of insecurities which exist for women 17 years after the peace Agreement, indicating that legacies of conflict which remain unaddressed continue to position women in situations of insecurity and hinder the development of a positive peace. The thesis addresses a lack of consideration towards women's experiences with policing. The research has found a complex relationship between women and the formal security sector. For example, residual elements of community conflict policing continue to block access to policing in some situations, yet it is unclear if state based community policing is ready to fill the security gap at this time. The lack of effectiveness of the criminal justice system with regard to gender based violence leaves many women feeling disillusioned. Yet it is also clear that women expect security to be provided through the state. This study provides a unique contribution to the field of feminist security studies and gendered conflict transformation by considering aspects of gender security in a specific time and context. The thesis concludes that it is unhelpful to fix meanings of gender security but to consider how insecurity interacts and overlaps in the lives of women in order to enable a more secure transition for women from conflict to peace.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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