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Unionists, Loyalists, and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland
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Unionists, Loyalists, and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland

Lee A. Smithey

Abstract

Protestant unionist and loyalist organizations and communities in Northern Ireland have used public ritual and cultural expressions, such as parades, bonfires, murals, and commemorations, to build and sustain collective identity over the course of the region’s long-standing conflict. Ethnic and political division remains prominent since the signing of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement in 1998, and this book examines the evolution of identity work among unionists and loyalists as they adapt to new political circumstances. Working within a model of conflict transformation that seeks to include a ... More

Keywords: conflict transformation, culture, ethnic, identity, intractable conflict, loyalism, Northern Ireland, peace processes, peacebuilding, Protestant, unionism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195395877
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395877.001.0001

Authors

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Lee A. Smithey, author
Swarthmore College
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