Redefining Loyalism : a political perspective ; an academic perspective

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Show simple item record Ervine, David McAuley, James W. 2010-07-16T15:29:02Z 2010-07-16T15:29:02Z The authors, 2001 en 2001
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dc.description This contains the revised text of two lectures presented as part of the seminar series “Redefining the union and the nation: new perspectives on political progress in Ireland”, organised jointly by the Conference of University Rectors in Ireland and the Institute for British-Irish Studies. The lectures were presented in UCD on 6 No-vember 2000. en
dc.description.abstract A POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE: Although loyalism in its modern sense has been around since the 1920s, it acquired its present shape only at the beginning of the 1970s. Then it was reborn in paramilitary form, and was used by other, more privileged, unionists to serve their own interests. Yet the sectarianism within which loyalism developed disguised the fact that less privileged members of the two communities had much in common. Separation bred hatred, and led to an unfounded sense of advantage on the part of many Protestants who in reality enjoyed few material benefits. The pursuit of ac-commodation between the two communities can best be advanced by attempts to understand each other and to identify important shared interests, and the peace process can best be consolidated by steady, orchestrated movement on the two sides, and by ignoring the protests of those who reject compromise. en
dc.description.abstract AN ACADEMIC PERSPECTIVE: In recent years a division has emerged within unionism between two sharply con-trasting perspectives. On the one hand, traditional unionism has relied on a discourse of perpetuity, relying on long-standing values and political attachment to the old order, and seeing in the developments that have been taking place since 1998 evidence of a creeping form of Irish unity. By contrast to these, “new loyalism”, represented in particular but not exclusively by the Progressive Unionist Party, is based on a reinterpretation of the past of unionism, seeing in this a pronounced and politically significant class structure, and putting the case for the defence of working class interests. This alternative vision rests on a more pluralistic conception of the politics of Northern Ireland.
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dc.publisher University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies en
dc.relation.ispartofseries IBIS Working Papers en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 4 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Redefining the union and the nation: new perspectives on political progress in Ireland Lecture Series en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 4 en
dc.subject Loyalism en
dc.subject Northern Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Unionism (Irish politics) en
dc.subject.lcsh Northern Ireland--Politics and government en
dc.title Redefining Loyalism : a political perspective ; an academic perspective en
dc.title.alternative Redefining Loyalism : a political perspective en
dc.title.alternative Redefining Loyalism : an academic perspective en
dc.type Working Paper en
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dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor Ervine|David|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor McAuley|James W.|aut| en
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