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Contentious Rituals: Parading the Nation in Northern Ireland

Jonathan S. Blake


Why do people participate in controversial symbolic events that drive wedges between groups and occasionally spark violence? This book examines this question through an in-depth case study of Northern Ireland. Protestant organizations perform over 2,500 parades across Northern Ireland each year. Protestants tend to see the parades as festive occasions that celebrate Protestant history and culture. Catholics, however, tend to see them as hateful, intimidating, and triumphalist. As a result, parades have been a major source of conflict in the years since the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. This b ... More

Keywords: Northern Ireland, parade, nationalism, identity, Ulster, Orange Order, ritual, contentious politics, social movement, post-conflict

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190915582
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190915582.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan S. Blake, author
Visiting Fellow, Global Policy Initiative,, Columbia University