Everyday Evangelicals : life in a religious subculture after the Belfast Agreement
|Title:||Everyday Evangelicals : life in a religious subculture after the Belfast Agreement||Authors:||Ganiel, Gladys
|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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