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Unionists, Loyalists, and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland$
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Lee A. Smithey

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395877

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395877.001.0001

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Protestant Unionists and Loyalists

Protestant Unionists and Loyalists

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Unionists, Loyalists, and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland

Lee A. Smithey

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides historical background on conflict in Northern Ireland and details the development of the peace process and the social and political circumstances in which unionists and loyalists often feel alienated. Common typologies of unionism are presented, and the author proposes that attention should be focused on a range of voluntary organizations or “grassroots unionism,” to discover how unionists can move from what Aughey describes as “cultural unionism” toward Porter’s vision of a “civic unionism” that prioritizes quality of social and economic life and the importance of developing a strong civil society. Similarly shifts from Ulster loyalism to new loyalism are identified. Religion is identified as a significant factor in the social construction of difference.

Keywords:   conflict, history, loyalism, Northern Ireland, politics, religion, unionism

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