A major threat in present political climate is
identity group conflict as shown in such disparate cases
as former Yugoslavia, Rwanda , Northern Ireland and the
rise in racism and xenophobia in Europe. Conflict
Resolution theory has addressed itself to intervention in
existing conflict situations either by third parties or
the conflicting parties themselves but conflict
prevention has been a relatively neglected area.
This thesis takes a case study of relations between
the Muslim and white majority communities in Bradford
where underlying tensions occasionally erupt into
conflicts which have national ramifications and sometimes
international dimensions. Within this situation there is
scope for conflict resolution work but also conflict
prevention work. Reference is made to Northern Ireland
where identity group conflict has been longstanding and
where community relations approaches have ben tried and
tested over a period of fifteen to twenty yeas. The
community relations work already being undertaken in
Bradford is explored along with where and how this needs
to be strengthened.
An action research project was undertaken to bring
together young members of the Muslims and white majority
communities in an attempt to assess the usefulness of
workshop based approaches in improving inter-group
relations and transmitting skills of conflict handling to
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