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dc.contributor.advisorWilson, Tim
dc.contributor.advisorShepperd, Taryn
dc.contributor.authorDalton, Maria
dc.coverage.spatial[iii], 248 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractWhat is a tea lady? Tea ladies are often popularly understood as marginal figures. However, throughout the 1990s peace process in Northern Ireland, women who were referred to as the ‘tea ladies’ by skeptical male counterparts were central figures in the Province’s path towards peace and reconciliation. This thesis explores the role of women as peacemakers and peacebuilders in 1990s Northern Ireland. It offers a multi-level analysis of women’s contributions at the community, political and British governmental level. Through the use of interview data and archival evidence, this thesis plays an important role in restoring women’s voices and experiences to the historical record. The argument put forward is that, in order to fully understand and appreciate many of the contributions made by the women discussed in this thesis, it is vital to consider the impact of ‘micro-gestures’ and daily occurrences, whether they be the toss of a wig, a hug, or a friendship spawned from an interface Christmas party. In order to fully appreciate the significance of the achievements made by peacemakers and peacebuilders, whether they be male or female, attention must be given to the barely visible and the unquantifiable- the violence that did not happen, the lives that were not lost. As well as offering a detailed women’s history of the Northern Irish Peace Process, this thesis will engage with wider theorizations on gender and peacemaking and illustrate the ways in which gender has the potential to impact change at the peace table. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship"I am so very grateful to Dr Haruhisa Handa and the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence for awarding me with funding for this PhD project." -- Acknowledgementsen
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.subjectNorthern Ireland conflicten_US
dc.subjectWomen peace and securityen_US
dc.subjectPeace processesen_US
dc.subjectNorthern Ireland historyen_US
dc.subject.lcshWomen and peace--Northern Irelanden
dc.subject.lcshPeace-building--Northern Irelanden
dc.subject.lcshNorthern Ireland--Politics and government--1968-1998en
dc.subject.lcshNorthern Ireland--Politics and government--1998-en
dc.subject.lcshNorthern Ireland--History--1968-1998en
dc.subject.lcshNorthern Ireland--History--1998-en
dc.subject.lcshNorthern Ireland--Social conditions--1969-en
dc.titleMore than just tea ladies! : the role of women in the Northern Irish Peace Process 1990-2000en_US
dc.contributor.sponsorHanda Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV)en_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.rights.embargoreasonThesis restricted in accordance with University regulations. Print and electronic copy restricted until 30th April 2025en

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