This text aims to clarify the meaning of C. Wright Mills's depiction of the sociological imagination and to use this to develop a sociological framework that assists in understanding the process by which communal violence has ended in Northern Ireland and South Africa. The book develops an explanatory framework based on Mills's sociological imagination . This model merges developments in the two countries at the individual, social structural and political arenas in order to account for the emergence of their peace processes.
JOHN D. BREWER is Professor of Sociology at the Queen's University of Belfast. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1998. Visiting appointments have been held at Yale University, St John's College, Oxford, Corpus Christi College Cambridge, and the Australian National University in Canberra. This is his thirteenth book.