Development of Northern Irish Catholic and Palestinian Muslim national identities and the role of common histories.
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VERTIGANS, S. 2009. Development of Northern Irish Catholic and Palestinian Muslim national identities and the role of common histories. In Elling, L.R. (ed.) Social development. New York: Nova Publishers [online], chapter 2, pages 51-86. Available from: https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=14152
In this paper, comparative analysis of the processes behind the social development of Catholic and Muslim nationalist identities in Northern Ireland and the Palestinian territories respectively is undertaken. This is designed to try to enhance levels of understanding about the maintenance and duration of nationalist conflicts and ultimately the likelihood of resolution. Particular attention is placed on the social processes that recreate and reinforce 'common histories' and religio-nationalist identities. Important commonalities are identified including the role of historical memories, religious institutions, education, family members and peers in transmitting messages and images about the 'other' and physical divides that collectively contribute to geographical and social demarcation.