9780719074400

Northern Ireland after the troubles A society in transition

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  • ISBN13:

    9780719074400

  • ISBN10:

    0719074401

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-09-01
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press

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Summary

In the last generation, Northern Ireland has undergone a tortuous yet remarkable process of social and political change. This collection of essays aims to capture the complex and shifting realities of a society in the process of transition from war to peace. The book brings together commentators from a range of academic backgrounds and political perspectives. As well as focusing upon those political divisions and disputes that are most readily associated with Northern Ireland, it provides a rather broader focus than is conventionally found in books on the region. It examines the cultural identities and cultural practices that are essential to the formation and understanding of Northern Irish society, but are neglected in academic analyses of the six counties. While the contributors often approach issues from rather different angles, they share a common conviction of the need to challenge the self-serving simplifications and choreographed optimism that frequently define both official discourse and media commentary on Northern Ireland. Taken together, the essays offer a comprehensive and critical account of a troubled society in the throes of change.

Author Biography

Colin Coulter is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Michael Murray is Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Adult and Community Education, the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Table of Contents

List of tablesp. ix
List of figuresp. x
Notes on contributorsp. xi
Acknowledgementp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Political developments and divisions
Telling stories, facing truths: memory, justice and post-conflict transitionp. 29
From conflict to communal politics: the politics of peacep. 49
Belfast: a segregated cityp. 73
Spatial planning in contested territory: the search for a place vision after the 'troubles'p. 88
Policing change: to reform or not to transform?p. 110
Social identities
Religious change and persistencep. 135
Gender and ethno-nationalist politicsp. 156
The glacier moves? Economic change and class structurep. 175
Whiteness, racism and exclusion: a critical race perspectivep. 192
Cultural practices
Still taking sides: sport, leisure and identityp. 215
From shellshock rock to ceasefire sounds: popular musicp. 232
House training the paramilitaries: the media and the propaganda of peacep. 253
Indexp. 273
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