Does being protestant matter? Protestants, minorities and the re-making of religious identity after the Good Friday Agreement

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Title: Does being protestant matter? Protestants, minorities and the re-making of religious identity after the Good Friday Agreement
Authors: Todd, Jennifer
Rougier, Nathalie
O'Keefe, Theresa
Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2395
Date: 2009
Abstract: The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 gave an opportunity to remake not just political institutions but ethno-religious distinction in Northern Ireland. This paper looks at the how individuals reconstruct their way of being Protestant in Ireland and Northern Ireland in the context of social and political change. It shows individuals renegotiating their ways of being Protestant, attempting sometimes successfully to change its socio-cultural salience, blurring ethnic boundaries, distinguishing religious and ethno-national narratives, drawing universalistic political norms from their particular religious tradition. It argues that these renegotiations are highly sensitive to the macro-political context. Changes in this context affect individuals through their changing cognitive understandings and strategic interests which, at least in this case, are as important to identification as are social solidarities.
Funding Details: Higher Education Authority
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Keywords: Protestant;Minority;Ethno-religious identity;Identity change;Symbolic boundaries;Northern Ireland
Subject LCSH: Protestants--Northern Ireland
Protestants--Ireland
Identity (Psychology)--Religious aspects
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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