Gender, Nationalism and Conflict Transformation: New Themes and Old Problems in Northern Ireland

This book looks at the gendering of the on-going process of conflict transformation in Northern Ireland. It aims both to document and analyze the effects of the restructuring of formal and civil society politics on gender and sexual equality. Consequently, it opens up the analysis of Northern Ireland's political transition to feminist scrutiny at local and international levels. The volume adopts a non-essentialist framework designed to trace the political constitution and reconstitution of gender inequities through conflict transformational processes. This theoretical orientation is informed by a mix of analysis of academic and government sources and qualitative interviews with a range of actors operating in formal political arenas and civil society organizations. Further, the book connects with the complex and diverse debates around the central categories and concepts applied in the field of gender, nationalism and conflict transformation, such as feminist analysis in the areas of gender and nationalism, women's political representation, transitional justice, and human rights in relation to the concrete case study of Northern Ireland. This book will be of much interest to students of gender studies, conflict transformation, ethnic conflict, peace studies and Irish politics.