Cultural diversity in Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement

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Title: Cultural diversity in Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement
Authors: Nic Craith, Máiréad
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2148
Date: 2001
Abstract: The Good Friday agreement gave an impetus to interest in the issue of cultural di-versity in contemporary Northern Ireland, extending to the issue of smaller language groups, such as Irish and Ulster Scots. While these two languages have deep roots, their importance today is not just linguistic but also political: tongues and dialects may operate as emblems of identity and as endorsements of specific political perspectives. The history of the Irish language in Northern Ireland is well documented, as is its importance as a symbol for Irish nationalists. More recently, its cultural significance for those outside this tradition has been recognised, and its position has been acknowledged also by the state. The position of Ulster-Scots is more problematic: not only is its identity as a language less clearly defined, but so too is its social and political significance. Nevertheless, both languages are likely to profit from the inter-communal compromise that was encapsulated in the Good Friday agreement.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Copyright (published version): The author, 2001
Keywords: Cultural diversity;Northern Ireland;Ulster Scots
Subject LCSH: Cultural pluralism--Northern Ireland
Multiculturalism--Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland--Languages
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: Revised version of a paper presented at a seminar organised by the Institute for British-Irish Studies and the Department of Politics, University College Dublin, 20 October 2000
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers

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