Acts of Union: Youth Culture and Sectarianism in Northern by Desmond Bell

By Desmond Bell

Over the past twenty years, a chain of youngster generations have come of age in strife-torn Ulster. children increase a feeling of ethnic understanding - as Ulster Protestant or Irish Catholic - in a state of affairs of political problem and sectarian disagreement. utilizing ethnographic tools, Desmond Bell explores the subcultural global of younger Loyalists and examines the position of juvenile cultural practices within the copy of ethnic id and within the reconstruction of culture in Irish society.

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For example, it is held that it is rural youth's apparent receptiveness to the 'urban values' and material aspirations of industrial society, diffused by means of the mass media and tourism, that spells the 'eclipse' of the traditional communality held to be characteristic of the Irish countryside. This notion is present, for example, in the work of Hugh Brody, an English anthropologist who in the late 1960s revisited the rural area studied by Arensberg and Kimball in the early thirties. He sought in his ethnography to catalogue the changes that had occurred in the intervening thirty years.

Ireland has also had a long tradition of trade-union combativity around wage struggles. It is in other words, however one defines it, a 'class society'. However, because of the unresolved national question, populist ethnic ideologies have tended to be the mobilizing basis for political parties rather than articulated class interests. This has taken different forms in the two post-partition states. In Northern Ireland, Unionist hegemony rested on the capacity of the 'Orange System' to build an 'all class alliance' of Protestants - industrial workers, bourgeoisie and landlords - an alliance which faltered only relatively recently.

In 1926 only 32 per cent of the Irish population lived in towns of 1,500 people or over. ) Whatever the limitations of this typology of social change in explaining the uneven development of capitalist industrialization in Ireland, this sociological approach has certainly supported a particular view of youth culture in Ireland. Youth culture is seen as being in a relation of dissonance and disjunction from 'traditional' values. For example, it is held that it is rural youth's apparent receptiveness to the 'urban values' and material aspirations of industrial society, diffused by means of the mass media and tourism, that spells the 'eclipse' of the traditional communality held to be characteristic of the Irish countryside.

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