Is religion in Northern Ireland politically significant?

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Title: Is religion in Northern Ireland politically significant?
Authors: Mitchell, Claire
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Date: 2003
Online since: 2010-07-21T14:11:52Z
Abstract: Reducing religion to theological fundamentalism has stifled the debate about its political significance in Northern Ireland. This paper develops an integrated theoretical conception of religion as the key to illuminating the multi-dimensional role it plays in social relationships. Based on analysis of interviews conducted in 2000, it finds four main ways in which religion is socially and politically significant in Northern Ireland—as a communal marker, as a community-builder, as ideology and as theology. These roles differ amongst believers and non-believers, churchgoers and non-churchgoers and amongst Catholics and Protestants. Through exploration of religion as a fluid dimension of personal and group identity, the paper concludes that religion does not simply mark out the communal boundary, but often gives it meaning as well.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Series/Report no.: IBIS Working Papers; 28
Copyright (published version): The author, 2003
Keywords: ReligionNorthern Ireland
Subject LCSH: Religion and politics--Northern Ireland
Religion--Northern Ireland--Social aspects
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers

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