The Search for Identity in the Face of Diversity: The Case of the Protestant 'Loyalist' Community of Northern Ireland

By Alan Grattan.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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In the aftermath of 'paramilitary' ceasefires in Northern Ireland economic development has meant a 'new' set of social arrangements. The 'Loyalist' community perceive this as a 'threat' to be resisted.

Keywords: Identity and Community, Commonsense Philosophy, Diversity and Resistance

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.51-60. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 859.367KB).

Dr. Alan Grattan

My main research interests include young people and political participation as well as 'communities in conflict' and the processes of post cnflict reconstruction and reconciliation. I am a member of the 'Youth Work in Contested Spaces' Project which is a joint project with the University of Ulster, YouthAction Northern Ireland and Public Achievement. This is a three year partnership project involving academics, policy makers and practitioners. The project is researching and sharing ideas on working with young people in conflict and post conflict environments. This project has taken my research to South Africa, Israel and Palestine, Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia as well as Northern Ireland. My current research is an examination of the crisis of identity within the 'Loyalist' Protestant community in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is in the process of dramatic social and political change, bringing with it a more 'open' and diverse society. However, for the 'Loyalist' protestant community this brings with it a 'perceived' threat to their culture, beliefs and 'heritage'. The reaction to this has resulted in a perpetuation of conflict and violence within that community.

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