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Northern Ireland, Civic Nationalism, and the Good Friday Agreement

John McGarry

in Northern Ireland and the Divided World

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244348
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599866 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199244340.003.0005
 Northern Ireland, Civic Nationalism, and the Good Friday Agreement

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This chapter takes issue with what has been described as the integrationist, nation‐building, or civic nationalist approach to the Northern Ireland conflict. It shows that the problem with this approach is that there are two national communities in Northern Ireland, and no sign that either of them is prepared to accept the other's identity or state. The chapter argues that what Northern Ireland needs are political institutions, like those in the Agreement, that cater to the bi‐national nature of Northern Ireland's society.

Keywords: Agreement; bi‐nationalism; British nationalism; civic nationalism; identity; integration; Irish nationalism; national community; nation‐building; political institutions

Chapter.  11784 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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