The moral boundaries of the nation : nation, state and boundaries in the Southern Irish border counties

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Title: The moral boundaries of the nation : nation, state and boundaries in the Southern Irish border counties
Authors: Todd, Jennifer
Muldoon, Orla
Trew, Karen J.
Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo
Rougier, Nathalie
McLaughlin, Katrina
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4645
Date: 19-Dec-2006
Abstract: This article argues that nationalism is more varied in the way that it constructs its boundaries than contemporary scholarship suggests. In an interdisciplinary, multistranded qualitative study of ethno-national identity on the Southern side of the Irish border, it shows the moral repertoires that qualify, conflict with, and on occasion replace, territorial-ethnic and state-centred aspects of national identity. It refocuses attention on the cultural and normative content of imagined national communities, and the different ways in which general norms function in particular communal contexts. It casts a new light on Southern attitudes to Irish unity. More generally, it suggests that a form of moral nationalism is possible, distinct from the forms more typically discussed in the literature: ethnic, civic, trans nationalism or even banal nationalism.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Copyright (published version): 2006, Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Keywords: Nation;State;Border;Ireland;Europe;Moral repertoires;National identity
DOI: 10.1080/17449050600865511
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations Research Collection

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