Constructing Difference in Northern Ireland: Ulster Scots Before and After the Agreement

Martin Dowling

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Martin Dowling, in what is perhaps the most comp[elling essay of the collection, deploys Slavoj Zizek's concept of the suture to think through the Other in Northern Irish cultural politics. Dowling identifies Ulster Scots as a suturing element--a cultural body harnessed to fill an inherent political "lack"--that stabilises Unionist identity in times of crisis. His essay considers more broadly the inherent limitations of the suture, whose logic functions like a "straightjacket on cultural life," and he proposes an alternative, genuinely open approach to Irish culture." From a review by Sarah Townsend in the Irish Literary Supplement, Spring 2010.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFacing the Other: Interdisciplinary Studies on Race, Gender and Social Justice in Ireland
EditorsBorbala Farago, Moynagh Sullivan
PublisherCambridge Scholars Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)1-84718-597-5
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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