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Linda McKie and Sarah Cunningham-Burley

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346438

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346438.001.0001

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Violence and families: boundaries, memories and identities

Violence and families: boundaries, memories and identities

(p.169) Ten Violence and families: boundaries, memories and identities
Families in society

Linda McKie

Nancy Lombard

Policy Press

This chapter takes a very different approach to issues relating to health and well-being through a focus on violence. The prevalence of domestic violence indicates that the family and home are not bounded safe havens; communal violence means that neither families nor communities are protective. The chapter draws on two case studies of inter-communal violence, in Bosnia and Northern Ireland. The relationship between families and communities can be reconstructed to create outsiders of former friends and neighbours. These new boundaries of inclusion and exclusion can perpetuate conflict both within and between families and communities. Boundary work here is portrayed as oppressive; physical boundaries, for example, create and perpetuate sectarianism and collective memories constructed to reinforce difference and hatred. Families stand at the interface of communal violence, reproducing boundaries of exclusion and inclusion.

Keywords:   well-being, domestic violence, inter-communal violence, social inclusion, social exclusion, Bosnia, Northern Ireland

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