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Identities on the Walls : A Comparative Study of Loyalist and Republican murals in Northern Ireland

Larsson, Fredrika LU (2013) HISS33 20132
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Abstract
This thesis has investigated the formation of sectarian identities on Northern Ireland. The thesis argues that the key factor in creating and maintaining sectarian identities is cultural violence. Cultural violence creates and maintains sectarian identities by closing the historical narratives, the identities and thus putting the society in melancholia. The thesis has investigated republican and loyalist murals in Belfast and compared the historical narrative, which is the message, of the murals in order to investigate the view of history of the communities. By using murals as a source and comparing the two traditions of murals the thesis can reach the conclusion that cultural violence operates differently in republican and loyalist... (More)
This thesis has investigated the formation of sectarian identities on Northern Ireland. The thesis argues that the key factor in creating and maintaining sectarian identities is cultural violence. Cultural violence creates and maintains sectarian identities by closing the historical narratives, the identities and thus putting the society in melancholia. The thesis has investigated republican and loyalist murals in Belfast and compared the historical narrative, which is the message, of the murals in order to investigate the view of history of the communities. By using murals as a source and comparing the two traditions of murals the thesis can reach the conclusion that cultural violence operates differently in republican and loyalist communities. The cultural violence is less severe in the republican community whereas the loyalist community has a more austere cultural violence. The thesis argues that the explanation for this lies in the republican efforts to adapt to the present, whereas the loyalist community has not made the same efforts. Consequently the loyalist community feels lost and betrayed hence closing its narrative further. (Less)
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author
Larsson, Fredrika LU
supervisor
organization
course
HISS33 20132
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Political Violence, Cultural Violence, History, Uses of History, Historical Narrative, Murals, Northern Ireland, Conflict, Melancholia, Trauma
language
English
id
4195715
date added to LUP
2014-10-20 15:20:16
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2014-10-20 15:20:16
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  abstract     = {This thesis has investigated the formation of sectarian identities on Northern Ireland. The thesis argues that the key factor in creating and maintaining sectarian identities is cultural violence. Cultural violence creates and maintains sectarian identities by closing the historical narratives, the identities and thus putting the society in melancholia. The thesis has investigated republican and loyalist murals in Belfast and compared the historical narrative, which is the message, of the murals in order to investigate the view of history of the communities. By using murals as a source and comparing the two traditions of murals the thesis can reach the conclusion that cultural violence operates differently in republican and loyalist communities. The cultural violence is less severe in the republican community whereas the loyalist community has a more austere cultural violence. The thesis argues that the explanation for this lies in the republican efforts to adapt to the present, whereas the loyalist community has not made the same efforts. Consequently the loyalist community feels lost and betrayed hence closing its narrative further.},
  author       = {Larsson, Fredrika},
  keyword      = {Political Violence,Cultural Violence,History,Uses of History,Historical Narrative,Murals,Northern Ireland,Conflict,Melancholia,Trauma},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Identities on the Walls : A Comparative Study of Loyalist and Republican murals in Northern Ireland},
  year         = {2013},
}