Political constructions of a cross-community identity in a divided society: how politicians articulate Northern Irishness

Kevin McNicholl

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Abstract

A shared identity has been shown to reduce prejudice between conflicting social groups. One such common national category is the ‘Northern Irish’ identity which can be inclusive of both Catholics and Protestants. This study analyses the plenary sessions of the Northern Ireland Assembly to show how the national category ‘Northern Irish’ is framed by politicians. Content analysis shows that it is used more often by centrist parties who tend to frame it positively and as part of their political viewpoint. There is also evidence of the instrumental use of this identity by unionists in line with the ingroup projection model.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalNational Identities
Early online date27 Apr 2017
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online date - 27 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • Northern Ireland
  • Common ingroup identities
  • Intergroup relations
  • political psychology
  • Content analysis, discourse analysis, mixed-methods research
  • political rhetoric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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