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‘Sometimes it would be nice to be a man’: negotiating gender identities after the Good Friday Agreement

O'keefe Theresa

in Everyday Life After the Irish Conflict

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780719087288
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781781704561 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719087288.003.0006
‘Sometimes it would be nice to be a man’: negotiating gender identities after the Good Friday Agreement

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Starting from the implication of the contrast between dominant modes of analysis of Northern Ireland for challenging gender-based inequalities and some people's high hopes for the Agreement's gender provisions, this chapter discusses the findings of interviews with a range of women. These reveal difficulty in articulating meaning in relation to gender identity compared with ethno-national or class identity. Interviewees were often less comfortable in discussing former than the latter. The chapter connects this with the relative weights given to the three categories in dominant discourse. While some women acknowledged the existence of gender-based inequalities, they were hesitant about being able to resist them. Thus, challenging gender-based inequalities will continue to be difficult as long as there is a predominant emphasis on ethno-national identity which remains institutionalised in the structures of governance.

Keywords: Gender; Identity; Class; Ethno-National Identity

Chapter.  6998 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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