A puzzle concerning borders and identities: towards a typology of attitudes to the Irish border

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Title: A puzzle concerning borders and identities: towards a typology of attitudes to the Irish border
Authors: Todd, Jennifer
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2153
Date: 2006
Abstract: State borders are typically held to shape categories of national identification. This paper explores this interrelationship in the light of empirical evidence drawn from research in the Irish border area. It begins by outlining a schema, drawn from the literature, which posits a movement from contestation of borders, to institutionalisation, to transgression. It then proceeds to show how this is reflected in scholarly and political interpretations of attitudes towards the Irish border. However, the paper argues that the typology which this schema suggests is not supported by the research, which has found little impact of state borders on categories of national identification. It concludes by arguing for a reinterpretation of the relationship between the character of states, borders and identity formation.
Funding Details: Other funder
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Copyright (published version): The author, 2006
Keywords: Identity;Ireland;Borders;National identification
Subject LCSH: Ireland--Boundaries--Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland--Boundaries--Ireland
National characteristics
Nationalism--Northern Ireland
Nationalism--Ireland
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: Paper presented at a workshop as part of the programme Mapping frontiers, plotting pathways: routes to North-South cooperation in a divided island, University College Dublin, Monday 17 February 2005
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers
Politics and International Relations Research Collection

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