Dis/Agreeing Ireland

Dis/Agreeing Ireland : Contexts, Obstacles, Hopes

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Despite the Good Friday Agreement and the clear vote for peace in the referendum in both the Republic and Northern Ireland, disagreements over many issues remain. In this book, academics and activists from a variety of backgrounds - both parts of Ireland, the US, Britain, and Australia, Protestants and Catholics, nationalists and unionists - bring a wealth of experience to the discussion. They argue that it is only through Ireland-wide "disagreements" on issues of class, gender and other transnational concerns that "agreement" on the conflict can be reached. The book looks at: nationalism in Britain and "cosmopolitan" nationalism in Southern Ireland; the roles of business and of women; gender and class oppression, which are shown to be reinforced by religious sectarianism; the mutual reinforcement of democratic and human rights "deficits"; an assessment of the thinking in loyalism and republicanism; and the potential for bringing the sectarian and political divides through cross-border political communities and democratic structures.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 23.11mm | 463g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0745312756
  • 9780745312750

Table of contents

Nationalisms and transnationalism; the British/Irish peace process; the two Irish economies; integrating Ireland/integrating Europe; the Republic of Ireland - towards a cosmopolitan nationalism; constituting division, impending agreement; role of the British Labour Party in Ireland; women, the peacemakers?; the human rights deficit; Irish Republicanism - a new beginning; surrender? - loyalist perceptions of a settlement; women equality and political participation; North/South agendas for dis/agreeing Ireland.
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Review quote

'It would not be an exaggeration to say that it is not often that a book on the contemporary political situation is refreshing. This book manages to be both refreshing and stimulating as it takes an holistic approach to the conflict and looks at how the various aspects of the conflict have been shaped and changed by recent events.' --Irish Democrat
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About James Anderson

James Anderson is Professor in Geography at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and has written extensively on nationalism and Ireland.James Goodman is a Researcher at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.
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