‘It goes without saying (well, sometimes)’

Paul Connolly

in The new countryside?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9781861347961
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303916 | DOI:
‘It goes without saying (well, sometimes)’

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This chapter aims to show that ‘race’ is really a fundamental aspect of life within Northern Ireland. It begins by discussing the salience of the rural in relation to constructions of identity and senses of belonging in Northern Ireland. The chapter demonstrates how ‘Whiteness’ has been a key element of nationalism and unionism within the region. This further implies that it tends to remain a key aspect of how the two main ethnic groups in Northern Ireland – Protestants and Catholics – see themselves. The chapter also discusses the implications for understanding the nature and extent of racism in other rural areas across the United Kingdom.

Keywords: race; identity constructions; sense of belonging; Northern Ireland; Whiteness; nationalism; unionism; main ethnic groups; racism

Chapter.  9628 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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