Identities in Northern Ireland: A multidimensional approach.

Clare Cassidy, K Trew

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The conflict in Northern Ireland is often described in terms of a clash of identities, national and religious. This study aimed to determine the relative importance of these identities using a multidimensional approach to examine the identity structures of students (N = 216). Analyses revealed that national and religious identities were accorded low salience and centrality relative to other identities. The study also investigated relations between a variety of identity dimensions derived from two identity traditions, social identity theory and identity theory. The differing patterns of relationships to emerge across groups and across identities suggest that the process of identification in Northern Ireland is a complex one. The implications of these findings for the analysis of the Northern Ireland conflict are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)725-740
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Social Issues
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1998




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