A Trojan Horse? Unionism, Trust and Truth-telling in Northern Ireland

Lundy, Patricia and McGovern, Mark (2008) A Trojan Horse? Unionism, Trust and Truth-telling in Northern Ireland. International Journal of Transitional Justice, 2 (1). pp. 42-62. ISSN 1752-7716 DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/ijtj/ijm029

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The aim of this article is to examine the relationship between trust, testimony and truth recovery processes as part of post-conflict transition. The paper uses the case study of unionist attitudes toward a community-based truth-telling project in Northern Ireland to demonstrate the impact an absence of trust can have upon what the French philosopher Paul Ricoeur has described as the ‘space of controversy’ that emerges between the ‘certification’ and the ‘accreditation’ of testimony. The paper suggests such distrust is a legacy, not only of conflict, but also of the particular circumstances of transition and the specific mechanisms of truth recovery adopted. Ultimately the paper argues for a holistic, community-centred approach towards truth-telling and raises issues relevant to other violently divided societies undergoing transition and grappling with ways in which to deal with the legacy of political conflict.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Sociology
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2013 13:40
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/5123

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