'What Difference Does it Make?: The Construction of Liminal Plurality in Northern Ireland'

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This article performs a cursory critical discourse analysis of the construction of ‘difference’ among the Northern Irish population in the constitutional policy proposals in Northern Ireland between 1973 and 1998. Central to interpreting conflict resolution in a divided society is an understanding of the predefinition of the nature of differences and divisions. It is my claim that a critical discourse analysis, which grapples specifically with the construction of ‘difference’, can help interpret the ongoing crisis in the Northern Irish peace process. In other words, it might help explicate the extent to which the constitutional policy at large – and the Belfast Agreement as its pinnacle – has tended to provoke deadlocks and work as a segregationist rather than an integrationist vehicle for societal change.
Original languageDanish
JournalNordic Irish Studies
Volume8
Issue8
Number of pages24
ISSN1602-124X
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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