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Title: From Belfast to Bilbao : the Abertzale experience of the Irish model of conflict transformation
Author: Jack, Eileen Paquette
ISNI:       0000 0004 6060 1019
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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This dissertation explores the notion of the Irish model of peacebuilding, and how the Northern Irish peace process can contribute to the transformation of other conflicts. It poses the research question, ‘How has the Irish model [of peacebuilding] contributed to peace in the Basque Country’? In adopting a conflict transformation approach to the research question, a conceptual framework rooted in conflict transformation theory (Lederach, 2005, 2003, 1997; Galtung, 1996, 1969; Vayrynen, 1991) considers whether the Irish model is a tool of conflict transformation for the izquierda Abertzale. The project adapts the psychological method of Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) as constructed by Smith, Flowers and Larkin (2009) as a means of thematic analysis to examine the Abertzale experience of interpreting and using the Irish model. The dissertation argues that the Irish model serves as a learning tool of conflict transformation for the izquierda Abertzale as they develop a unique process of conflict transformation. Out of this empirical investigation emerges the theory of ‘praxis-based transformation’, with praxis here as defined by Paulo Freire (1970/1996) to capture a form of action which is rooted in reflection. While still an emerging theory, it would appear that praxis-based transformation can be generalized to capture a process by which actors in one context draw upon international precedents of conflict transformation to develop their own unique process of transformation. In addition to explaining how the Irish model and other precedents of conflict transformation can contribute to peace elsewhere, praxis-based transformation highlights a gap in the existing peacebuilding literature. Praxis-based transformation cannot be fully captured by the libera, or communitarian peacebuilding paradigms, nor does it find a home in the emerging hybrid peace (Richmond and Mitchell, 2012; Mac Ginty, 2011).
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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