Plural Identities - Singular Narratives

Plural Identities - Singular Narratives

Author: Máiréad Nic Craith

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781782381662

Category: Political Science

Page: 248

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Northern Ireland is frequently characterized in terms of a "two traditions" paradigm, representing the conflict as being between two discrete cultures. Proceeding from an analysis of the historical and religious context, this study demonstrates the reductionist nature of the "two traditions" model, highlighting instead the complexity of ethnic identities and cultural traditions. It thus shows why attempts at reconciliation like the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, which seeks to promote the concept of a "parity of esteem" based on this identity model., are fraught with difficulties. Reflecting on the applicability of the concept of multiculturalism in the context of Northern Ireland, the author proposes a re-conceptualisation of Northern Irish culture along lines that steer clear of binary oppositions. From the Contents: 'Webs of Significance'; Dis-membering the Past; Divided by Common Cosmologies; A Discourse in Difference; The Process if 'Cruthinitude'; Un Unclaimed Tradition; Ethnic Nationality; The 'Fuzzy Frontier'; The 'Common Ground'

Plural Identities--singular Narratives

Plural Identities--singular Narratives

Author: Máiréad Nic Craith

Publisher:

ISBN: 1571815155

Category: Culture conflict

Page: 235

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Nic Craith (Irish studies, U. of Liverpool) explores the politics of cultural traditions in Northern Ireland, focusing on the interplay between cultural symbol, politics, and identity. While she is interested in the historical evolution of the two major traditions, she also questions the essentialization of the dual paradigm in the contemporary context, asking why it is so widely accepted, whether there really are two traditions and if so whether they are mirror opposites or merely different, what generates tension between them, and whether they share any common historical or newly evolving narratives. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Narratives of Place, Belonging and Language

Narratives of Place, Belonging and Language

Author: Máiréad Nic Craith

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230355514

Category: Social Science

Page: 197

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Examining identity in relation to globalization and migration, this book uses narratives and memoirs from contemporary authors who have lived 'in-between' two or more languages. It explores the human desire to find one's 'own place' in new cultural contexts, and looks at the role of language in shaping a sense of belonging in society.

Storytelling on the Northern Irish Border

Storytelling on the Northern Irish Border

Author: Ray Cashman

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253005687

Category: Social Science

Page: 316

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More than quaint local color, folklore is a crucial part of life in Aghyaran, a mixed Catholic-Protestant border community in Northern Ireland. Neighbors socialize during wakes and ceilis—informal nighttime gatherings—without regard to religious, ethnic, or political affiliation. The witty, sometimes raucous stories swapped on these occasions offer a window into Aghyaran residents' views of self and other in the wake of decades of violent conflict. Through anecdotes about local characters, participants explore the nature of community and identity in ways that transcend Catholic or Protestant sectarian histories. Ray Cashman analyzes local character anecdotes in detail and argues that while politicians may take credit for the peace process in Northern Ireland, no political progress would be possible without ordinary people using shared resources of storytelling and socializing to imagine and maintain community.

Per Scribendum, Sumus

Per Scribendum, Sumus

Author: Ullrich Kockel

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783643913579

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Mair'ead Nic Craith's has sought to integrate critical heritage studies, cultural history, literature and folklore into a creative ethnology. Issues of community and place, memory and nostalgia are key themes in her work. The tensions around forms, definitions and uses of heritage are picked up in the contributions to this book. Research essays engage with the wide range of topics Mair'ead has explored. Other contributions note her support and mentoring or illustrate the author's appreciation of her work through prose, music and artistic representations. Ullrich Kockel teaches at Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, the Latvian Academy of Culture and Vytautas Magnus University Kaunas. He is Emeritus Professor of Ethnology at Ulster University, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, and Mair'ead's anam cara.

Politics of Identity in Post-Conflict States

Politics of Identity in Post-Conflict States

Author: Éamonn Ó Ciardha

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317483557

Category: Political Science

Page: 276

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Ireland and the Balkans have come to represent divided and (re)united communities. They both provide effective microcosms of national, ethnic, political, military, religious, ideological and cultural conflicts in their respective regions and, as a result, they demonstrate real and imaginary divisions. This book will specifically focus on the history, politics and literature of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Northern Ireland, while making comparative reference to some of Europe’s other disputed and divided regions. Using case-studies such as Kosovo and Serbia; Lithuania, Germany, Poland, Russia and Belarus; Greece and Macedonia, it examines ‘space’, ‘place’ and ‘border’ discourse, the topography of war and violence, post-war settlement and reconciliation, and the location and negotiation of national, ethnic, religious, political and cultural identities. The book will be of particular interest to scholars and students of cultural studies, history, politics, Irish studies, Slavonic studies, area studies and literary studies.

Devolution and Identity

Devolution and Identity

Author: John Wilson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351944632

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

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The identity implications have been overlooked from discussions on devolution, which have tended to focus on constitutional, legal and financial issues. In this volume, contributors from the communities under discussion explore the ways in which devolution is experienced and understood by citizens from the devolved regions of the UK. The additional inclusion of a US perspective allows parallels with American federalism to be drawn out. Informed by a discursive/textual/communication approach to identity, Devolution and Identity offers a range of theoretical and empirical perspectives, including both macro- and micro-level analyses of devolution and identity processes. Themes covered include discourse and interaction, national identity, flags and emblems, gender representation, newspaper letters, regional marketing, language ideology, history and culture, artistic practice, minority identities and political ideology. In exploring the impact of the devolution process on both individual and group identities, this book provides a richer understanding of the devolution process itself, as well as a new understanding of the relationship between socio-political structures and identity.

Culture and Identity Politics in Northern Ireland

Culture and Identity Politics in Northern Ireland

Author: Máiréad Nic Craith

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781403948113

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

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Civilization and culture have traditionally been regarded as mutually exclusive concepts. In this comparative case-study of Northern Ireland, Máiréad Nic Craith explores the commitment of unionists to a civic, 'culture-blind' British state; contrasting this with nationalist demands for official recognition of Irish culture. The 'cultural turn' in Northern Irish politics and the development of a bicultural infrastructure is examined here in the context of differing interpretations of equality and increasing demands for intercultural communication within, as well as between, communities.

Identity Change after Conflict

Identity Change after Conflict

Author: Jennifer Todd

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319985039

Category: Social Science

Page: 279

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This book explores everyday identity change and its role in transforming ethnic, national and religious divisions. It uses very extensive interviews in post-conflict Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the early 21st century to compare the extent and the micro-level cultural logics of identity change. It widens comparisons to the Gard in France, and uses multiple methods to reconstruct the impact of identity innovation on social and political outcomes in the 2010s. It shows the irreducible causal importance of identity change for wider compromise after conflict. It speaks to those interested in Cultural Sociology, Politics, Conflict and Peace Studies, Nationalism, Religion, International Relations and European and Irish Studies.

Language, Power and Identity Politics

Language, Power and Identity Politics

Author: Máiréad Nic Craith

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230592841

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 225

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Dominance, identity and resistance are key themes in this examination of language in global, virtual and local settings. It focuses on world languages, linguistic rights and minority protection. Case studies explore the social strategies employed by migrants speaking non-indigenous tongues and the effect of religion in sensitive political contexts.

The Ashgate Research Companion to Heritage and Identity

The Ashgate Research Companion to Heritage and Identity

Author: Professor Brian Graham

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409487609

Category: Social Science

Page: 474

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Heritage represents the meanings and representations conveyed in the present day upon artifacts, landscapes, mythologies, memories and traditions from the past. It is a key element in the shaping of identities, particularly in the context of increasingly multicultural societies. This Research Companion brings together an international team of authors to discuss the concepts, ideas and practices that inform the entwining of heritage and identity. They have assembled a wide geographical range of examples and interpret them through a number of disciplinary lenses that include geography, history, museum and heritage studies, archaeology, art history, history, anthropology and media studies. This outstanding companion offers scholars and graduate students a thoroughly up-to-date guide to current thinking and a comprehensive reference to this growing field.

Navigating Multiple Identities

Navigating Multiple Identities

Author: Ruthellen Josselson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199838295

Category: Psychology

Page: 288

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In our increasingly complex, globalized world, people often carry conflicting psychosocial identities. This volume considers individuals who are navigating across racial minority or majority status, various cultural expectations and values, gender identities, and roles. The authors explore how people bridge loyalties and identifications.