Symbolic complexity and political division : the changing role of religion in Northern Ireland

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Title: Symbolic complexity and political division : the changing role of religion in Northern Ireland
Authors: Todd, Jennifer
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2348
Date: Mar-2010
Abstract: Religious distinctions, ethnic oppositions and national differences intersect in Northern Ireland. In this article I explore how this symbolic complexity has fed political conflict. I argue the institutional structure of Northern Ireland encouraged the generalisation of religiously-informed values across the fields of ethnicity and politics which in turn feed back to tighten and constrain available religious repertoires. The recent process of institutional reform has interrupted this process. While this is only one factor which contributes to the reproduction of conflict, it allows us to make sense of otherwise paradoxical features of everyday division in Northern Ireland, and to explain the seemingly inchoate processes of change in the post-1998 period.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Copyright (published version): 2010 Taylor & Francis
Keywords: Conflict;Settlement;Ethnicity;Religion;Politics;Symbolic boundaries;Northern Ireland
Subject LCSH: Ethnic conflict--Northern Ireland
Ethnicity--Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland--Politics and government
DOI: 10.1080/17449050903557476
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations Research Collection
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