Between the devil and the deep blue sea: Nationality, power and symbolic trade-offs among evangelical Protestants in contemporary Northern Ireland

Claire Mitchell, J. Todd

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    Abstract

    National identity is symbolically complex configuration, with shifts of emphasis and reprioritisations of content negotiated in contexts of power. This paper shows how they occur in one post-conflict situation - Northern Ireland - among some of the most extreme of national actors - evangelical Protestants. In-depth interviews reveal quite radical shifts in the content of their British identity and in their understanding of and relation to the Irish state, with implications for their future politics. The implications for understanding ethno-religious nationalism, nationality shifts and the future of Northern Ireland are drawn out.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)637-655
    Number of pages19
    JournalNations and Nationalism
    Volume13 (4)
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Political Science and International Relations

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