'Walking wounded’: the peace process and other collateral Brexit damages

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The difficult transition from war to peace which has been ongoing in Northern Ireland since 1998, is now further complicated by the indeterminate status of Brexit. Drawing on three conceptualizations from first aid, triage and psychology, the paper uses the metaphor of the ‘Walking Wounded’ to explore how Brexit interacts with the political culture of the staggering peace process in Northern Ireland. First, understanding ‘walking wounded’ as injured persons of relative low priority allows us to discuss Northern Ireland as a place apart in the British body politic. Second, determining the ‘walking wounded’ by requesting those on the scene who may self-evacuate to do so immediately to a designated refuge, affords ways in which to understand the Republic of Ireland as a foreign policy actor and attempts to assign Northern Ireland special EU status. Third, psychologizing the ‘walking wounded’ as those who long for closure but do not think they can find it directs our attention to the plight of those who wanted an undiluted version of the nation state rather than the more multidirectional hybrid that is emerging into view as a result of the peace agreement and European cooperation. Finally, the paper turns to the literally walking wounded – those seriously injured in the conflict- still waiting for redress.
TidsskriftOpen Arts Journal
Sider (fra-til)95-105
Antal sider11
StatusUdgivet - 2020

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