Beyond the Catholic-Protestant divide : religious and ethnic diversity in the North and South of Ireland

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Title: Beyond the Catholic-Protestant divide : religious and ethnic diversity in the North and South of Ireland
Authors: Feldman, Alice
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Date: 2003
Online since: 2010-07-16T15:11:01Z
Abstract: This paper explores the challenges posed by the ethnic diversification of contemporary Irish society for conventional understandings of and responses to issues of religion, community and politics. It argues that the particularities of social and institutional histories and structures in the North and South have eclipsed wider considerations of both race and ethnicity and religious identity beyond the Catholic-Protestant divide. This has, in turn, served to obscure the many dynamic changes that such diversity has catalysed both within Irish civil society generally, and within the island’s traditional religious institutions themselves. The paper discusses the promises and potentials of conceptualising religion or religious identity and the relationships between religion and ethnicity within broader cultural and political fields, and their implications for the “new” (multicultural) Ireland.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Series/Report no.: IBIS Working Papers; 31
Copyright (published version): The author, 2003
Keywords: ReligionEthnicityIrelandCatholicProtestant
Subject LCSH: Cultural pluralism--Ireland
Cultural pluralism--Northern Ireland
Ireland--Ethnic relations
Northern Ireland--Ethnic relations
Northern Ireland--Religion
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: Paper presented to the IBIS conference Old structures, new beliefs: religion, community and politics in contemporary Ireland, University College Dublin, 15 May 2003.
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers

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