Everyday Evangelicals : life in a religious subculture after the Belfast Agreement

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Title: Everyday Evangelicals : life in a religious subculture after the Belfast Agreement
Authors: Ganiel, Gladys
Mitchell, Claire
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2370
Date: 2009
Abstract: This paper examines the everyday lives of Northern Irish evangelicals since the Belfast Agreement of 1998. Drawing on more than 100 semi-structured interviews with evangelicals (conducted between 2002-2007), we explore the relationship between macro-level social and political changes and individuals’ religious change. While recognising the importance of macro-level factors in leading evangelicals to a privatisation, moderation or transformation of their faith, we argue that the importance of micro-level, subcultural factors in contributing to change has been underestimated. Thus we sketch out the main elements of a Northern Irish evangelical subculture, exploring how it has contributed to change—especially in directions we describe as converting, conserving and exiting. We conclude that a fuller understanding of individual religious change requires an appreciation of how these macro-level and micro-level factors intersect. In the context of the religiously-plural public sphere which is developing in Northern Ireland, we argue that evangelicals have more flexibility and specifically religious resources for political engagement than has been previously supposed.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Copyright (published version): The authors, 2009
Keywords: Evangelicals;Belfast Agreement;Religion;Northern Ireland
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: Paper presented at the conference, “The Impact of Devolution on Everyday Life: 1999-2009”, Newman House, Dublin, 6 February 2009
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers

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