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Northern Ireland
A reminder from the present

Social and cultural shifts on the island of Ireland are held to have diluted the authority of nationalisms that were tied to unidimensional and archaic notions of Irishness and Britishness. The Europeanisation of political and financial power, the influx of foreign capital, political morphology in Northern Ireland and the growth in consumption have all been identified as sociopolitical forces that have advanced more heterogeneous senses of identity and belonging. This chapter aims to establish how the ideological divisions between Irishness and Britishness continue to be reproduced, despite the supposed evaporation of the discursive constructions. In pinpointing the divisions that remain and those that may reappear, the chapter argues that the capacity exists for sectarian consciousness to spread throughout the Irish body politic. In a broader sense, the Belfast Agreement (BA) is part of a programme of promoting a postnationalist interpretation of places of identity on the island of Ireland.

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