Cross-Community Contact: Northern Ireland and Israel - A Comparative Perspective

Colin Knox, Joanne Hughes

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Since 1989 a community relations programme has been undertaken by Northern Ireland's local authorities. The programme is based upon ‘contact’ between the two communities, with the aim of improving mutual understanding and respect for different cultural traditions. Similar ‘encounter’ programmes have been in operation over a longer period in Israel. This article traces the theoretical underpinnings for such contact schemes, describes the background to, implementation of and types of projects involved in the Northern Ireland initiative. In the light of evaluative research evidence on the Arab/Israeli encounter programmes, it offers an assessment of the community relations programme within the context of Northern Ireland.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-228
Number of pages24
JournalNationalism and Ethnic Politics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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