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The new countryside?Ethnicity, nation and exclusion in contemporary rural Britain$
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Sarah Neal and Julian Agyeman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347961

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347961.001.0001

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‘It goes without saying (well, sometimes)’

‘It goes without saying (well, sometimes)’

Racism, Whiteness and identity in Northern Ireland

(p.21) One ‘It goes without saying (well, sometimes)’
The new countryside?

Paul Connolly

Policy Press

This chapter aims to show that ‘race’ is really a fundamental aspect of life within Northern Ireland. It begins by discussing the salience of the rural in relation to constructions of identity and senses of belonging in Northern Ireland. The chapter demonstrates how ‘Whiteness’ has been a key element of nationalism and unionism within the region. This further implies that it tends to remain a key aspect of how the two main ethnic groups in Northern Ireland – Protestants and Catholics – see themselves. The chapter also discusses the implications for understanding the nature and extent of racism in other rural areas across the United Kingdom.

Keywords:   race, identity constructions, sense of belonging, Northern Ireland, Whiteness, nationalism, unionism, main ethnic groups, racism

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