1 Department of English, Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 School of Communication and Culture - English, School of Communication and Culture, Arts, Aarhus University3 School of Communication and Culture - English, School of Communication and Culture, Arts, Aarhus University
This article performs a cursory critical discourse analysis of the construction of ‘difference’ among the Northern Irish population in the constitutional policy proposals in Northern Ireland between 1973 and 1998. Central to interpreting conflict resolution in a divided society is an understanding of the predefinition of the nature of differences and divisions. It is my claim that a critical discourse analysis, which grapples specifically with the construction of ‘difference’, can help interpret the ongoing crisis in the Northern Irish peace process. In other words, it might help explicate the extent to which the constitutional policy at large – and the Belfast Agreement as its pinnacle – has tended to provoke deadlocks and work as a segregationist rather than an integrationist vehicle for societal change.