The nature of meaning of identity in Northern Ireland after the Belfast Good Friday Agreement

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Title: The nature of meaning of identity in Northern Ireland after the Belfast Good Friday Agreement
Authors: Muldoon, Orla
Trew, Karen J.
Todd, Jennifer
Rougier, Nathalie
McLaughlin, Katrina
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Date: Feb-2007
Abstract: Social identification processes can be seen as the basis of the conflict in Northern Ireland. During the conflict it can be argued that preferred social and political identities became increasingly oppositional and entrenched. This paper reviews this evidence using population level studies. It also explores trends in preferred identities since the 1998 Agreement as well as examining the patterns of preferred identity across generations with particular attention being paid to the responses of young people. In an attempt to elucidate the meaning of these identities, a series of inter-related qualitative studies that have examined constructions of national, political and religious identification are reported. These suggest a fluidity, rather than entrenchment, in post-Agreement respondents and point to the variability and complexity of identity phenomena in Northern Ireland.
Funding Details: Higher Education Authority
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
Journal: Political Psychology
Volume: 28
Issue: 1
Start page: 89
End page: 103
Copyright (published version): 2007 International Society of Political Psychology
Keywords: Belfast AgreementGood Friday AgreementIdentityReligionNorthern IrelandConflictSocial identityStrategic useOppositional identitiesIdentity preference
Subject LCSH: Identification (Religion)
Nationalism--Northern Ireland
Group identity--Northern Ireland
Great Britain. Treaties, etc. Ireland, 1998 Apr. 10
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9221.2007.00553.x
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations Research Collection
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