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By Colin Coulter

ISBN-10: 0585426228

ISBN-13: 9780585426228

ISBN-10: 0745312446

ISBN-13: 9780745312446

ISBN-10: 0745312543

ISBN-13: 9780745312545

This is a serious evaluation of a few of the resources of social and political id in Northern eire. The e-book examines the main variables of sociology - prestige, type and gender and, as a result, ethno-religion - and explains why ethno-religious sentiment has develop into the primary resource of political id. various topics are coated: the function and standing of girls; the representations of the clash and peace strategy within the media; game; and the significance of well known music.

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The significance that the Irish language possesses for Northern Irish nationalists is, of course, rather greater than suggested by the total of individuals who are actually able to converse through that medium. Even those who have merely a passing acquaintance with the language will often acknowledge Irish as an essential component of who or what they consider themselves to be. The manner in which Irish is regarded and treated – not least by the British government – has come to represent for many nationalists a ready metaphor for their status as an ethnopolitical community.

The ethnopolitical tensions that routinely contaminate local soccer are equally apparent when we shift our focus towards the international scene. In principle, the Northern Irish team represents all of the people of the six counties. In practice, however, the international side appeals more or less solely to members of the unionist community. The distinctly exclusive connotations that 36 CONTEMPORARY NORTHERN IRISH SOCIETY the Northern Irish team currently possesses are largely a product of the era of the troubles.

230) to suggest that the educational system provides those practices that are most important in defining and reproducing the ethnoreligious divide within Northern Ireland. With few exceptions Protestant and Catholic children growing up in Northern Ireland are educated apart from one another. Those schools that fall directly under the authority of the state are formally intended to be non-denominational and provide a broadly Christian education to pupils drawn from diverse religious traditions. In reality, however, these institutions have proved unable to attract children from Catholic families.

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