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The Grammar of Nationality, the Limits of Variation and the Practice of Exclusion in the Two Irelands

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

Abstract

This chapter sketches the conventional understandings of nationality in each part of Ireland. It uses thematic analysis of interviews to delineate the everyday symbolic boundaries of religion and nationality, focusing on the symbolic ‘grammars of nationality’ that define the reference and meaning of national and religious categories and their relative interrelations with other fields. These grammars differ markedly in Northern Ireland (and within it) and in the Republic of Ireland, and are differentially open to incremental change. Through analyzing narratives of exclusion, the chapter reveals how these seemingly flexible grammars are mobilized for exclusionary purposes.

Keywords

Nation Nationalism Religion Cognitive mapping Symbolic boundaries Belonging Discourse Presentation of self Rules of appropriateness Assaults on worth 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Todd
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  1. 1.Geary InstituteUniversity College DublinDublinIreland

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