Trajectories of identity change : explaining the persistence of collective opposition

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Title: Trajectories of identity change : explaining the persistence of collective opposition
Authors: Todd, Jennifer
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2366
Date: 12-Feb-2009
Abstract: This article explores the micro-level mechanisms that reproduce collective opposition. It uses a typology of identity change to compare individual narratives in two situations where there are strong incentives to change and different outcomes: religious distinction in post-conflict Northern Ireland where opposition continues and in contemporary Southern France where it is rapidly diminishing. The directions of identity change are parallel in each case, but in Northern Ireland change is experienced as crisis-ridden and prone to reversal. The mechanisms hindering change are not 'ethnic' but cultural-cognitive: the socio-symbolic context requires that change be radical if it is not to be reversible. `
Funding Details: Higher Education Authority
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Keywords: Identity;Ethnicity;Religion;Identity Change;Conflict;Opposition;Northern Ireland;France
Subject LCSH: Ethnicity--Northern Ireland
Group identity--Northern Ireland
Social conflict --Northern Ireland
Social conflict--France
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers
Politics and International Relations Research Collection

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