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The query of ways to maneuver past contentious pasts workouts societies around the globe. targeting Northern eire, this publication examines how historic injustices proceed to hang-out modern lives, and the way institutional and juridical methods to 'dealing' with the earlier frequently crumple to a silencing consensus or re-marginalising sufferers.

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For not only does belatedness link the present to the violence of the past, but it also focuses on the shared experience of a world shaped and defined by that past. For Andrew Schaap, one of Hannah Arendt’s key insights was to point out how this recognition of a shared common space gives way to politics broadly and deeply conceived. As Schaap explains, the recognition of shared space gives meaning to a world of otherwise ‘unrelated things’11 but, importantly, it carries with it the implication that our mediation of that world is intimately bound up with responsibility for others.

Disingenuous, secondly, because it takes at face-value the promises of political entrepreneurs and in so doing adds a patina of academic respectability to the whole exercise.

This ethnicisation commodifies the past and the emotions and beliefs that intertwine and intersect with the past into something relevant and valuable for the contemporary and for the future. As Adorno and Horkheimer point out, the compulsion to ‘indulge solely in purposeful behaviour’ results in a ‘watering down’ even of mourning, which is transformed into ‘social formality’. 10 This chapter begins by describing how that process is occurring in Northern Ireland before returning to alternative visions of how conflict-ridden histories might be approached.

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