Review by Choice Review
Bloomfield's exceptionally detailed case study of the various peacemaking strategies employed in Northern Ireland since 1969 identifies two major strategies that are independent but complementary. One is the cultural approach, which focuses on the relationship between the two communities, the other the structural approach, which consists of efforts to construct institutional ways of settling conflict. Although the book contains a great deal of information about Northern Ireland, its focus is less on "explaining" Northern Ireland and more on using the case as a more general way to address certain kinds of issues in conflict management theory. In particular, Bloomfield contends that the traditional distinction in conflict management theory--between the "settlement" and "resolution" approaches--should be bridged by a model of management that encompasses both. The book thus constitutes a useful addition to two literatures, and students of Northern Ireland as well as students of conflict management will find the study engaging and worthwhile. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. J. E. Finn; Wesleyan University
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