Who Are 'The People'?

Who Are 'The People'? : Unionism, Protestantism & Loyalism in Northern Ireland

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'As one would expect in a book written by authors of such varied outlook, no single vision emerges. But some fascinating material does.' Times Literary Supplement
`The breadth of material considered by the contributors to Who Are `The People'? provides an excellent introduction to the way in which the broad identity of Ulster Loyalism is underpinned by gender and class, expressed in work as well as social environments, and voiced through religious allusion as well as political rhetoric.' Irish Studies Review
'It confronts all the issues you're not supposed to raise in polite company. Read it and you'll have to revise many of your prejudices, while having one or two confirmed.' Camden New Journal
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 17.78mm | 294.84g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 074531208X
  • 9780745312088
  • 2,315,640

Table of contents


1. Arthur Augley ( University of Ulster): The Character of Ulster Unionism

2. Brian Graham ( University of Ulster): Ulster - A Representation of Place yet to be imagined

3. Duncan Morrow ( University of Ulster): Suffering for Righteousness Sake? Fundamentalist Protestantism and Ulster Politics

4. Alan Finlayson ( Queens University Belfast): Discourse and Contemporary Loyalist Identity

5. Alan Bairner ( University of Ulster): Up to Their Knees? Football, Sectarianism and Masculinity and Protestant Working Class Identity

6. Colin Coulter ( St Patrick's College, Maynooth): The Culture of Contentment: The Political Beliefs and Practise of the Unionist Middle Class.

7. Rosemary Sales ( Middlesex University): Gender and Protestantism in Northern Ireland

8. James McAuley ( University of Huddersfield): Flying the one Winged Bird: Ulster Unionism and the Peace Process

9. Mark McGovern and Peter Shirlow: Counter-Insurgency and De-Industrialisation and the Political Economy of Ulster Loyalism

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About Mark McGovern

Peter Shirlow is Senior Lecturer in the School of Environmetal Studies at the University of Ulster. He is the author of Beyond the Wire: Former Prisoners and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland (Pluto, 2008) and Belfast: Segregation, Violence and the City (Pluto, 2006). Mark McGovern is Professor in Sociology at Edge Hill University, UK. In his research he has worked closely with NGOs, victms' groups and lawyers over many years on issues of conflict transformation and state violence, particularly in Northern Ireland. His publications include Ardoyne: The Untold Truth and articles for Race and Class, Sociology, State Crime and Critical Studies on Terrorism.
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