Peace and progress? Political and social change among young loyalists in Northern Ireland

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Politics in Northern Ireland remain dominated by the search for an enduring settle- ment resting on an agreed set of political values and arrangements, between Ulster Unionists and loyalists on the one side, and Irish nationalists and republicans, on the other. Sectarian divisions continue to emphasize the persistence of conflictual social relationships between these groupings. Central to any possibility of a reso- lution to conflict is the awareness of how conflictual or reconciliatory values are transmitted from one generation to another, and how young people reconstruct their understandings of society. This article examines processes of political so- cialization and political identity formation around children and young people in Northern Ireland. It focuses in particular on those growing up within the Ulster loyalist tradition.

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  • James W. McAuley

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