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Wild catastrophism to mild moderation in Northern Ireland

Aughey, Arthur (2009) Wild catastrophism to mild moderation in Northern Ireland. In: Breaking Up Britain. (Eds: Perryman, Mark), Lawrence and Wishart, pp. 76-85. ISBN 9781905007967 [Book section]

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To argue that we are already ‘after Britain’ suggests that the fate of Britishness has already been decided. This reading posits a static condition which concedes the continuing, if temporary, fact of the Union and a new dynamic nationalism. This state of mind can be called ‘endism’ and while it is disposed towards the future it assumes that history can be understood as an intelligible design, the constructive pattern of which reveals the end unfolding. It has always informed thinking about Northern Ireland, implicitly and explicitly. The ‘inevitability of Irish unity’ has haunted and continues to haunt political commentary. This Chapter takes a dissenting view and proposes a different perspective. It argues that this perspective allows a more subtle understanding of change since the Belfast (or Good Friday) Agreement of 1998.

Item Type:Book section
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Politics & International Studies
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:9510
Deposited By: Professor Arthur Aughey
Deposited On:25 Jan 2010 12:43
Last Modified:09 May 2016 10:56

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