This chapter details the most significant ideological shift undertaken by the Provisional Movement since 1986, namely acceptance of the consent principle; an issue which many radical republicans deem more fundamental than the IRA ceasefires. This chapter details radical republican attitudes to the GFA and cites interviewees’ arguments in opposition. The chapter explores how radical republicans conceptualise the issue of democratic mandate while asserting traditional republican principles. Repertoires of repression are explored, which have proven central to the radical republican message in the post-GFA period. This chapter demonstrates how radical republicans view their stance and actions as compatible with democratic principles and human rights, rooted in the perceived illegitimacy of the partitionist institutions, and have emphasised the human right to hold a political opinion. This chapter also examines how radical republicans navigate the system while asserting that engagement with partitionist institutions serves to legitimise them. Interviewees highlight the contested narrative regarding the point at which engagement with the system becomes ‘sell-out’. This chapter emphasises republican rejection of the normalisation agenda and highlights the interface at which radical republicans encounter the state (mainly protests and marches), thus providing insight into how radical republicans view their position within Northern Ireland.
The introduction chapter depicts a common story of thousands of Black migrants to Canada from various Caribbean islands and territories. Contact with a cricket and social club was critical for settling in Toronto’s urban and suburban neighbourhoods, finding (mainly) middle-class jobs, returning home to their nations of origin for visits, and travelling to Black plurilocal homespaces created in Canada, the Caribbean, the United States, and England. The Mavericks Cricket and Social Club (MCSC) involved sport, spectatorship, food, music, dancing, travelling, and socializing that were crucial for recreating the sense of home necessary for Black men’s survival in a city rife with interpersonal and systemic racism. The chapter outlines the ways in which cricket is an essential yet often forgotten component of Black Atlantic cultures and Canadian socio-politics The chapter describes the MCSC participants and researcher involved in this study; reviews the sociological processes of making and crossing group boundaries; and sets the context for the book by reviewing a range of literatures including the Black Atlantic and the Caribbean diaspora in Canada, studies of sporting diasporas, the narrative inquiry approach used, and the contents of the remaining book chapters.