Borders, states and nations. Contested boundaries and national identities in the Irish border area

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Title: Borders, states and nations. Contested boundaries and national identities in the Irish border area
Authors: Todd, Jennifer
Muldoon, Orla
Trew, Karen J.
McLaughlin, Katrina
Rougier, Nathalie
Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/1854
Date: 2005
Abstract: Much scholarly writing on states and state boundaries assumes that these form or at least condition the bounds of identity. The 'institutionalisation' process is said to be one where the boundaries of the state become the boundaries of everyday life and imagined community. In an interdisciplinary, multi-stranded qualitative research on the Irish border, no such process of institutionalization was found. Rather the state border was perceived as a fluctuating area of danger and economic opportunity. To the extent that it was perceived to impact at all on identity, it was on the moral and cultural content of identity rather than its national form, on the mode in which national and ethno-religious categories were lived rather than on those categories themselves.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Geary Institute
Keywords: National identity;State;Borders;Ireland;Violence;Border-crossing;European Union
Subject LCSH: Borderlands--Ireland
Ireland--Boundaries
Nationalism--Ireland
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Working Papers

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