The governmentality of reconciliation: Adult education as a community relations technique in Northern Ireland

Smala, Simone (2012) The governmentality of reconciliation: Adult education as a community relations technique in Northern Ireland. Discourse, 33 2: 283-297. doi:10.1080/01596306.2012.666081

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Author Smala, Simone
Title The governmentality of reconciliation: Adult education as a community relations technique in Northern Ireland
Journal name Discourse   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0159-6306
1469-3739
Publication date 2012-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01596306.2012.666081
Open Access Status
Volume 33
Issue 2
Start page 283
End page 297
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Despite a successfully negotiated peace agreement in Belfast in 1998, tensions between different community groups continue to exist in Northern Ireland. This situation creates a governmental need to find solutions to problems such as segregation, inter- and intra-group violence and other forms of sectarian antagonisms. On the one hand, this is attempted by disciplinary measures such as ‘peace walls’ and an increased presence of state powers such as police and armed forces. On the other hand, community relations discourses remain a common refrain in Northern Ireland with their focus on a ‘conduct of conduct’ approach. In this article, I seek to understand adult community education through community relations initiatives and designated anti-sectarian courses as a governmental technology in Northern Ireland designed to change technologies of the self. The article highlights the possibilities for a way forward inherent in this approach and links community relations to broader contexts of policy developments in Northern Ireland.
Keyword Governmentality
Northern Ireland
Community relations
Adult community education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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