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Ethnic Dignity and the Ulster-Scots Movement in Northern Ireland

Supremacy in Peril


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Peter Gardner
    Pages 1-35
  3. Peter Gardner
    Pages 37-64
  4. Peter Gardner
    Pages 65-104
  5. Peter Gardner
    Pages 105-118
  6. Peter Gardner
    Pages 119-143
  7. Peter Gardner
    Pages 177-192
  8. Peter Gardner
    Pages 193-214
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 215-240

About this book


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.


inter-communal civil war Protestants The Troubles Northern Ireland Narratives of defeat post-conflict ethnopolitics narrative

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of YorkYorkUK

About the authors

Peter Gardner is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of York, UK.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Ethnic Dignity and the Ulster-Scots Movement in Northern Ireland
  • Book Subtitle Supremacy in Peril
  • Authors Peter Gardner
  • Series Title Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series
  • DOI
  • 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
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-34858-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-34861-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-34859-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 240
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethnicity Studies
    Political Sociology
    Conflict Studies
    Self and Identity
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