Continuity and change in a partitioned civil society : Whyte revisited

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Title: Continuity and change in a partitioned civil society : Whyte revisited
Authors: Howard, Kevin
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Date: 2006
Online since: 2010-07-08T13:53:07Z
Abstract: This paper revisits John Whyte’s seminal 1983 article “The permeability of the United Kingdom-Irish border: a preliminary reconnaissance” (Whyte, 1983). The objective is to explore hypotheses Whyte put forward as to why some private organisations are all-Ireland while others follow the international boundary. He suggested that two variables are crucial in explaining this: the nature of the organisation’s activities and the date of its foundation. He also identified a lack of readily available information on foundation dates. To overcome this lacuna we carried out a survey of private organisations to ascertain their foundation date, area of activity and what if any territorial reconfiguring they have undergone. Using the same functional categories as Whyte our research is generally supportive of his initial findings. Civil society can act as a counter-force to the boundary reinforcing dynamics of separate state developments.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Series/Report no.: IBIS Working Papers; 70; MFPP Working Papers; 20
Copyright (published version): The author, 2006
Keywords: John WhyteCivil societyPartitionBorders
Subject LCSH: Whyte, John Henry, 1928---Criticism and interpretation
Boundaries--Economic aspects
Boundaries--Social aspects
Civil society--Ireland
Ireland--History--Partition, 1921
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: Revised version of a paper presented at the final conference of the Mapping frontiers, plotting pathways: routes to North-South cooperation in a divided island programme, City Hotel, Armagh, 19-20 January 2006.
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers

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