Northern Ireland: A Nation Divided
Violence, terror, suffering and death. The conflict that has been burning in Northern Ireland seems to be an unstoppable battle and it has flooded over the land of Northern Ireland. The struggle for power and the persistence of greed have fueled the raging fires of the opposing groups. The conflict in Northern Ireland has been discussed continually over the past few decades. Ever since the beginning of the “Troubles,” organizations have been scavenging to find a plan that will cease the violence. Throughout my research for this project, the questions of what are the main sources of conflict in Northern Ireland and why have they continued today guided me to many fascinating pieces of evidence that provided me with a more compassionate view of the situation of Northern Ireland. My research topic was very broad and to get down into a more explicit viewpoint, I chose to search for my sources by selecting three disciplines.
The first was Sociology. I wanted to understand how individual identities and also community identities contributed to the rise of the conflict. I wanted to know why specific organizations were more violent than another and why there was little attempts to cooperate. The second discipline I used was Theology. Possibly the most dominant sources of the conflict has been on a theological foundation. The tension between the Catholics and Protestants has driven the violence and disagreements within Northern Ireland. I knew looking through this perspective I would find more detailed information about my research questions. My last discipline was Peace Studies. Although this is was relatively smaller discipline, the insight that it provided of the conflict was unmatched to the other disciplines. While my other disciplines talked mainly about the increase of violence and the effects, my last discipline focused on the resolution of the conflict. When beginning my research, I not only wanted to know what the sources of the conflict were, but also to find possible resolutions for the divided country. As I searched for evidence, I was able to find great articles and books that would guide me through the torn map that is Northern Ireland.
The majority of my research was finding scholarly articles and books that pertained to my research questions and disciplines. Throughout all of the information and sources that I gathered, I selected five articles and one book. The book “Beyond Violence: Conflict Resolution Process” by Mari Fizduff was by far the most inspiring source in my collection of evidence. (Citation) It gave keen insight into the sources of the conflict but most importantly, it presented strategies and solutions to end the violence. With my foundation evidence set in my book, my other evidence allowed me to find more specific patterns of the sources of conflict from a sociological and theological stance. “For God, Ulster or Ireland: Religious Identity and Security in Northern...