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

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Title: Does being Protestant matter? Protestants, minorities and the re-making of ethno-religious identity after the Good Friday Agreement
Authors: Todd, Jennifer
Rougier, Nathalie
O'Keefe, Theresa
Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2590
Date: Mar-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: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Routledge
Journal: National Identities
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Start page: 87
End page: 99
Copyright (published version): 2010 Taylor & Francis
Keywords: ProtestantMinorityEthno-religious identityIdentity changeSymbolic boundariesNorthern Ireland
Subject LCSH: Protestants--Northern Ireland
Protestants--Ireland
Identity (Psychology)--Religious aspects
DOI: 10.1080/14608940802680912
Other versions: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14608940802680912
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
metadata.dc.date.available: 2010-11-24T16:54:14Z
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations Research Collection
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