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Ex-Combatants, Religion, and Peace in Northern Ireland: The Role of Religion in Transitional Justice (Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict)
Ex-Combatants, Religion, and Peace in Northern Ireland: The Role of Religion in Transitional Justice (Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict)
by John Brewer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £64.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great insight, 26 Feb. 2013
At long last we have a book that dares to examine the religion and faith of those who were actively involved in Northern Ireland paramilitaries. Working on first hand accounts (i.e. talking to the ex combatants themselves about the role of faith in their lives) we get a glimpse into the world of the Northern Ireland conflict; the role religion did or did not play in it and the portrayal of religion as an identity marker in a political conflict. For too long people have easily formed a generalisation that Northern Ireland was a religious conflict between Catholics and Protestants - yet this bland belief was devoid of any eveidence. Many of those involved in the conflict had not been to church for years and many did not even believe in God. Therefore the idea that it was just a religious war does not stand - and yet the two sides divide along religious lines. It is no wonder that authors and academics avoided this maze given its difficult concepts. Thankfully Brewer, Leavey and Mitchell have taken the bull by the horns and have gone where no one else dare. This book is a great read, a brave piece of research, packed full of examples and will leave the reader with a better understanding of the role of religion and faith in the minds of those who decided to get involved in armed conflict in Northern Ireland.

Paradoxical Relaxation
Paradoxical Relaxation
by David Wise
Edition: Perfect Paperback

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Approach, 14 Aug. 2010
Pelvic pain has long plagued many people destroying large sections of their lives. But what to do about it has perplexed doctors for many years. This new approach from Dr. David Wise (author of "A Headache in the Pelvis) helps sufferers to relax into the pelvic pain and thus dissolve it. It is certainly worthwhile trying, is easy to read and could improve your quality of life. The fact that you are trying something that is certainly not going to do you any harm is a positive move - and being positive is a good place to start. Paradoxical Relaxation should be a great benefit to anyone suffering from chronic pelvic pain.

Peace Processes: A Sociological Approach
Peace Processes: A Sociological Approach
by John D Brewer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A lesson for the world, 18 Feb. 2010
We live in a world of violent conflict and thankfully these are increasingly being seen no longer as local squabbles requiring local solutions. The global economy, worldwide networks, ripple efects into neighbouring countries and regions make it imperative that we all understand how violent conflict in one area can affect us all. Imposing peace with teeth has more often made matters worse in the long term. Therefore peace can be problematic and managing a peace process is fraught with difficulties - especially in an increasingly politically aware population.
Brewer in his book 'Peace Processes: A Sociological Approach' brings order to the vast array of problems encountered while establising peace. He coherently describes the different types of violence, the transitions to a post conflict society and leaves the reader with a framework in which to locate the problems of managing peace. He rightly illuminates the role of civic society and gender as contributors to peace building - given that they often had a role in conflict. Drawing upon the emotional literature, Brewer demonstrates how memory, truth and victimhood can all be friend or foe when establishing a process for peace. This sociological analysis of peace processes is a must read for anyone interested in this field. Academics, politicians, peace activists, students and those working voluntarily in conflict areas should read this book. I found it fascinating,insightful and most helpful indeed.

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