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Gender, Democracy and Inclusion in Northern Ireland


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Acknowledgements Notes on the Contributors Introduction PART I: CONTEXT AND CONCEPTS Women, Community and Politics in Northern Ireland; G.McCoy Democracy and the Challenge of Gender: New Visions, New Processes; C.Roulston PART II: DEMOCRATIC PRACTICE IN ACTION We are these Women: Self-conscious Structures for a Women's Centre; C.Roulston & M.Whittock 'Equal in the Eyes of God': A Religious Community Working for Peace and Reconciliation; C.Roulston Wide Awake to Women: A Trade Union Embarking on a Rethinking of its Democracy Project; C.Cockburn Struggling Against the Mainstream: The Northern Ireland Women's Coalition; K.Fearon & M.McWilliams PART III: Participatory Democracy and the Challenge of Dialogue Across Difference; E.Porter Women in Northern Irish Politics: Difference Matters; E.Rooney Appendix 1: A Northern Ireland Chronology Appendix 2: A Note on Methodology Index

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CYNTHIA COCKBURN Research Professor in Sociology, City University London KATE FEARON Political Aide to Northern Ireland Women's Coalition Northern Ireland Assembly members GRAINNE MCCOY Research Officer, Urban Institute, University of Ulster MONICA MCWILLIAMS Professor of Women's Studies, University of Ulster ELISABETH PORTER Lecturer in Sociology, University of Ulster EILISH ROONEY Lecturer in Community Education, University of Ulster MARGARET WHITTOCK formerly Research Officer, Centre for Research on Women, University of Ulster

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CELIA DAVIES is Professor of Health Care in the School of Health and Social Welfare at the Open University, and was formerly Professor of Women's Studies and founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Women at the University of Ulster. She is the author of Gender and the Professional Predicament in Nursing (1995) and co-author of a range of reports and publications on women in Northern Ireland. - CARMEL ROULSTON is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Ulster. She has been involved in women's groups and projects for many years and has written chapters and articles on feminism and the women's movement in Northern Ireland. She is currently developing a comparative research project on women and post-conflict politics.


'...a fascinating exploration of group strategies to accommodate difference that illustrates the transformative potential of democracy.' - Yvonne Galligan, Department of Government, University College Cork

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