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Vanity of the bonfires? eleventh night bonfires and loyalist influence after negotiated settlement in Northern Ireland

Hall, A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4929-3257 (2022) Vanity of the bonfires? eleventh night bonfires and loyalist influence after negotiated settlement in Northern Ireland. Terrorism and Political Violence. pp. 1-22. ISSN 1556-1836

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/09546553.2022.2081077

Abstract/Summary

Cultural events can mask latent potential for a resurgence of violence following negotiated settlement, building sectarian identities and support through otherwise-legitimate forms of expression. This article examines this phenomenon in Northern Ireland, investigating how Loyalists utilize Eleventh Night bonfires. It is argued that, in becoming more professional in construction and more sectarian in imagery, bonfires build and maintain paramilitary power, generate political capital within Unionism, and reinforce boundaries between groups. Bonfires are a key part of the culture war which has developed in Northern Ireland, raising vital questions about the role of culture following negotiated settlement in deeply-divided societies more broadly.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:105750
Uncontrolled Keywords:Political Science and International Relations, Safety Research, Sociology and Political Science, Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
Additional Information:** From Crossref journal articles via Jisc Publications Router ** Journal IDs: pissn 0954-6553; eissn 1556-1836 ** History: issued 09-06-2022; published_online 09-06-2022
Publisher:Informa UK Limited

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