The push and pull between religion and ethnicity: The case of loyalists in Northern Ireland

Claire Mitchell

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    Abstract

    This paper uses a case study of a largely religiously non-practising group, working class loyalists in Northern Ireland, to explore the relationship between religion and ethnicity in divided societies. It finds that loyalists often turn to religion habitually in times of insecurity to provide justification for conflict. But religion does not just prop up deeper ethnic identities. Religion has meaning and content itself that is sometimes tension with oppositional ethnic identities and, in some cases, can transform them totally. This produces a complex set of relationships in which religion and ethnicity push and pull against one another in the lives of individuals, neither dominating fully over the other.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)53-69
    Number of pages17
    JournalEthnopolitics
    VolumeVolume 9 Issue 1
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • History
    • Cultural Studies
    • Political Science and International Relations

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