Pluralist, purified or private : protestant identification and political change in Northern Ireland

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dc.contributor.author Mitchell, Claire
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-20T14:22:36Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-20T14:22:36Z
dc.date.copyright The author, 2002 en
dc.date.issued 2002
dc.identifier.issn 1649-0304
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2201
dc.description Revised version of a paper presented at the ECPR 29th Joint Sessions, Workshop on Identity Politics, Grenoble, France, 6-11 April 2001. en
dc.description.abstract The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the responsiveness of national and religious identifications to political change amongst Protestants in Northern Ireland. I begin by theorising identification as a process of working out our ideas of self, others and place in which political change compels a rethinking of identity from the bottom up. I proceed to outline how the Good Friday agreement changes the political landscape from the perspective of the Protestant community. Then, based on a narrative analysis of interview data collected in 2000, I map three main directions of change amongst Protestants as people come to accept, reject or ignore political developments after the agreement. I conclude that Protestant identifications can open up and transform where people have had positive social experiences with the “other”, and feel that their future position in Northern Ireland is not tethered to communal membership. Conversely, identifications become more oppositional or private where people have had negative social experiences (or none at all) with the “other” and perceive that membership of the Protestant community, which they feel is losing out from change, will decide their fortunes in a new Northern Ireland. en
dc.description.sponsorship Not applicable en
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies en
dc.relation.ispartofseries IBIS Working Papers en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 17 en
dc.subject Protestant en
dc.subject Identity en
dc.subject Northern Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Protestants--Northern Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Identity (Psychology)--Religious aspects en
dc.subject.lcsh Religion and politics--Northern Ireland en
dc.title Pluralist, purified or private : protestant identification and political change in Northern Ireland en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
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dc.internal.webversions http://www.ucd.ie/ibis/filestore/wp2002/17_mit.pdf en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor Mitchell|Claire|aut| en
dc.description.othersponsorship Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences en
dc.description.admin ti,sp,ab.kpw8/7/10 en


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