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Bernadette C. Hayes and Ian McAllister

very legitimacy of the state and its boundaries. At a conceptual level, according to Joseph Ruane and Jennifer Todd ( 1996 ), it is reinforced by three ‘sociocultural dimensions of conflict’ – religion (Catholicism versus various strands of Protestantism), ethnicity (Gaelic-Irish versus English and Scottish) and colonialism (native versus settler). At a practical level, ethnonationalism is reinforced by the primary agents of

in Conflict to peace
Adrian Millar

at play in the conflict. These are ethnic (Gaelic-Irish/Scottish), religious (Calvinism and Roman Catholicism), colonialist (settler and native), progressiveness/backwardness (Catholics and Protestants) and national identity/allegiance (nationalists and unionists). All, bar ethnic differences, are oppositional and so constitute particular points of conflict. The structure of dominance – principally a matter of

in Socio-ideological fantasy and the Northern Ireland conflict