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Reflexivity and Group Identity in Divided Societies

  • Jennifer Todd
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict book series (PSCAC)

Abstract

How and when do ordinary citizens in divided societies press beyond group constraints and transform ethnic divisions? This chapter outlines the aims of the book and argues that we need to complement studies of group opposition with study of the equally basic impulse to individual reflexive change away from group constraints. It shows that the Irish cases—Northern Ireland after conflict and the Republic of Ireland—form a sort of natural experiment where the issues can be explored in societies where national and ethnic divisions are historically deep and institutionally embedded. It outlines the context of interview research in twenty-first century Ireland, North and South, and the content of the chapters that follow.

Keywords

Ordinary citizens Ethnic divisions Individual identity change Groupness Nationalism Everyday life Northern Ireland Republic of Ireland The Irish border 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Todd
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  1. 1.Geary InstituteUniversity College DublinDublinIreland

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