As Northern Ireland moves from conflict to tentative peace, ongoing violence and unrest underline that the province remains a turbulent and troubled society. This book brings together contributions from those directly affected by the Troubles who work for peace and reconciliation in their communities. The issues they raise are given poignancy and power by being grounded in human experience, and provide a necessary starting point for exploring the tensions which arise in the struggle to reconcile forgiveness and remembrance in order to create a more purposeful and meaningful future. They have important implications not only for Northern Ireland but also for other societies emerging from conflict.
Graham Spencer is Reader in Politics, Conflict and the Media at the University of Portsmouth and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His books include The Media and Peace (Palgrave, 2005), Omagh: Voice of Loss (Appletree Press, 2005) and The State of Loyalism in Northern Ireland (Palgrave, 2008).