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Point Loma Nazarene University

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Fall 2009

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Ireland: Transformation of Social and Political Conflict


This report is the outcome of a month-long exploratory study of the relationship between sectarianism and racism in present-day Northern Ireland. This exploration compares and contrasts the ideas and beliefs behind sectarianism and racism as well as how these issues exist and continue to be manifested in society. Data was obtained by way of qualitative methods using semi-structured interviews, participant observation and desk research. It is concluded that sectarianism and racism have very similar origins and exist in parallel ways, but these two things are not identical. Sectarianism and racism both represent distorted ways of relating to others and managing difference within society. This paper explores the parallels and differences between these issues within noticeable themes that surfaced during the study. I recommend that this study be furthered by a continued investigation of the same question. The themes could be developed and increased. There could also be an in depth exploration of the interaction within a specific theme.


Race and Ethnicity | Sociology


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