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Northern Ireland and the Divided WorldPost-Agreement Northern Ireland in Comparative Perspective$
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John McGarry

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244348

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199244340.001.0001

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Northern Ireland, Civic Nationalism, and the Good Friday Agreement

Northern Ireland, Civic Nationalism, and the Good Friday Agreement

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(p.109) 5 Northern Ireland, Civic Nationalism, and the Good Friday Agreement
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Northern Ireland and the Divided World
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DOI:10.1093/0199244340.003.0005

This chapter takes issue with what has been described as the integrationist, nation‐building, or civic nationalist approach to the Northern Ireland conflict. It shows that the problem with this approach is that there are two national communities in Northern Ireland, and no sign that either of them is prepared to accept the other's identity or state. The chapter argues that what Northern Ireland needs are political institutions, like those in the Agreement, that cater to the bi‐national nature of Northern Ireland's society.

Keywords:   Agreement, bi‐nationalism, British nationalism, civic nationalism, identity, integration, Irish nationalism, national community, nation‐building, political institutions

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