The Role of Political Discourse in Conflict Transformation: Evidence from Northern Ireland

Katy Hayward
2008 Peace and Conflict Studies  
This article introduces this volume by constructing a model for analysing political discourse as an instrument of conflict and peace, drawing on evidence from the Northern Ireland case. It identifies three processes, or stages, in a peace process in which political discourse can play a unique and crucial role: (i) the construction of a (conceptual) framework within which negotiations can take place, (ii) the facilitation of agreement between moderate and extreme positions, and (iii) the forging
more » ... of common ground. The motivating thesis of this research is that discourse analysis is a vital resource for deepening our knowledge of why, how and when violence can erupt and peace can be built.
doi:10.46743/1082-7307/2008.1085 fatcat:y6dpevzcxvdwtpl5cm2i3zvwma