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Negotiating gender identities after the Good Friday Agreement
Theresa O’Keefe

were often less comfortable than those which concerned class and ethno-national identity. In this chapter, I suggest that this is connected to the content of and relative weights given to the three dominant categories in discourse. The narratives of the women interviewed clearly show that, on some level, gender differentiation and dominant gender practices are naturalised, which is in sharp

in Everyday life after the Irish conflict
National identities, sovereignty and the body politic
Laura Clancy

Here, the Queen asserts the importance of moving forward together and (re)uniting, referencing the ‘strongly-held opinions’ of pro-independence campaigners before suggesting these can be revoked and the status quo can resume, supported by herself and ‘her family’. As a central symbol of British national identity, the Queen's statement constitutes a key moment in the independence debate, particularly when reproduced by the pro-union Daily Telegraph. The Queen's tangible delight at the ‘no’ result works towards producing consent for it in the public imagination

in Running the Family Firm
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Peter Yeandle

a result, national identity was represented in school books as developed from the combination of a successful maritime tradition, propensity towards settling new territory, Christianity and a predisposition towards the love of liberty. In short, the primary aim of historical education was to teach citizenship or – to adopt the contemporary terminology – enlightened patriotism. These civic values, if

in Citizenship, Nation, Empire
Kate Greenspan

, location, and national identity, and the opportunities he provides for imitation.4 These are comprehended in his prologue, where he famously announces his choice, ‘[o]n englyssh tonge to make thys boke’.5 We know from his introduction that Mannyng intended his exempla to entertain as well as instruct and that he wanted to seduce his lay audience away from their accustomed narrative pleasures. He does this by appropriating the most attractive devices of vernacular storytelling, like memorable rhymes, supernatural obstacles, and titillating, slightly scandalous plots.6 He

in Sanctity as literature in late medieval Britain
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Constructing a Gibraltarian identity
Stephen Constantine

agreed in 2006 was one important outcome. What was being insisted upon was a different, a distinctive and, in aspiration, a national identity. What that was and how it came about have been among the principal points of inquiry in previous chapters, and constitute the theme for this concluding discussion. In particular, we need to consider how the past – and remembrance of the past, which is not the same thing – and conditions in the present have created among the civilian population a sense of themselves as a distinctive community, different from Spain and, indeed

in Community and identity
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Julian Hoppit

the parliaments of Britain and Ireland was integral to the development of Britishness, the essays here suggest that at those parliaments both distinctions and similarities were drawn between nations. Moreover, parliaments contributed to non-national as well as national identities within Britain and Ireland, with the former sometimes cutting across the latter. Though Westminster was frequently celebrated as the fount of absolute power and a guardian of liberty and property within the British imperial polity, it was used and seen in very different ways by highly

in Parliaments, nations and identities in Britain and Ireland, 1660–1850
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National missile defence (NMD) and IR
Natalie Bormann

of the discipline; most orthodox theories (by which I mean essentially realism, liberalism and their ‘neo’ variants) tend to pay little attention to the questions surrounding identity and take identity as pre-given and fixed. Viewed from this perspective, identity is seen as ‘unproblematic’ and is relegated to the back seat regarding its analytical value for the foreign policy and security realm. This is so precisely because identity (and here I mean national identity in particular) is, more often than not, seen as already constituted and well bounded – in the form

in National missile defence and the politics of US identity
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Murray Stewart Leith and Duncan Sim

Scotland has its own national team, rugby has been an important marker of national identity (Maguire and Tuck 1998 ). Scotland participates in the Six Nations Championship (the four home nations plus France and Italy) and the annual fixture between Scotland and England, where the teams compete for the Calcutta Cup, is one where national loyalties are very much in evidence. Golf is a sport that Scotland has given to the world. Its origins are somewhat unclear but it is mentioned in Scottish legislation in the fifteenth century. St Andrews is the world home of golf with

in Scotland
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Food, family and national identity in Susan Ferrier’s fiction
Sarah Moss

inadequacy or absence of biological parents is taken for granted. Ruth Perry writes in Novel Relations that ‘[t]he “aunt”, being simultaneously both mother and other, solves both the problem of separation and that of identification for the female protagonist’. 3 The aunt as mother figure offers precisely the kind of belonging-at-a-remove, the mixture of consanguinuity and elective affinity, that Ferrier promotes as the future for national identity. Wollstonecraft and, in a very different way, Edgeworth see themselves ‘mothering the nation’ in writing didactic fiction

in Spilling the beans
Ronit Lentin

’s insistence that if you cannot do what matters, you turn to what matters less but which you can do, is particularly potent. Identitybuilding thus becomes one of many ‘substitute pastimes’, invented as community Collapses; but although community-creating seems to dim our solitude, at least for a time, it ultimately signifies a retreat from politics. National identity, Bauman further suggests, was from the start a battle cry, a project calling for gigantic effort and the application of a lot of force to make sure the cry is heard and obeyed. The national territory had to

in Co-memory and melancholia