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In this book, Peter Gardner describes ethno-cultural movements among historically dominant groups, focusing especially on Ulster-Scots in post-conflict Northern Ireland. He contends that ethnicity-building movements among the historically dominant are shaped by a desire to (re)gain a sense of collective dignity.
In the wake of conflict, perceived loss, and the granting of concessions to the historically dominated, notions of culture, ethnicity, language and heritage offer a space for a re-writing of their story. However, such re-writing often involves erasures, additions and reconceptualisations that reproduce systems of structural violence and preclude engagement with the history of domination.
After introducing the concept of ethnic dignity and locating its place within post-conflict identity politics, Gardner focuses his analysis on the Ulster- Scots story of peoplehood. Drawing on a wealth of primary data, the chapters explore a variety of core issues including ethnopolitics, social class, political-economic ideology, colonialism, and heteromasculinity.
The book concludes by taking a global view of post-conflict ethnic dignity among the once dominant, analysing the New Afrikaans movement in South Africa, white pride and ethnic whiteness studies, and Maronite Phoenicianism in Lebanon.
This will be an important contribution for students and scholars of ethnicity, divided societies and, more broadly, political sociology.
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-34859-5
- Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
- Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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- Print ISBN 978-3-030-34858-8
- Online ISBN 978-3-030-34859-5
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