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A disparity of esteem: Relative group status in Northern Ireland after the Belfast Agreement

Mac Ginty, R. and du Toit, P. (2006) A disparity of esteem: Relative group status in Northern Ireland after the Belfast Agreement. Political Psychology, 28 (1). pp. 13-31. ISSN 0162-895X

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Using the case of a deeply divided society (Northern Ireland) in the aftermath of a major peace accord, this article combines two methodological approaches to assess the public reception of the peace accord and its impact on intergroup competition. The social psychological concept of esteem (central to social identity theory) and time-series data are used to assess intergroup relations between Protestant-unionists and Catholic-nationalists in Northern Ireland in the wake of the 1998 peace accord. By illustrating the disparity of esteem between the two main politico-religious groups, the article indicates early settlement weakness. Moreover, it suggests a conceptual approach that may be applicable to the study of intergroup competitions in other divided societies.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Politics (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2009 14:24
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2009 14:24
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9221.2007.00549.x
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-9221.2007.00549.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7347

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