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Political constructions of a cross-community identity in a divided society: How politicians articulate Northern Irishness

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    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in National Identities on 27 Apr 2017, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14608944.2017.1312325.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalNational Identities
Early online date27 Apr 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Apr 2017


A shared identity has been shown to reduce prejudice between conflicting social groups. One such common national category is the ?Northern Irish? identity which can be inclusive of both Catholics and Protestants. This study analyses the plenary sessions of the Northern Ireland Assembly to show how the national category ?Northern Irish? is framed by politicians. Content analysis shows that it is used more often by centrist parties who tend to frame it positively and as part of their political viewpoint. There is also evidence of the instrumental use of this identity by unionists in line with the ingroup projection model.

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  • Northern Ireland, common ingroup identities, intergroup relations, political psychology, content analysis, political rhetoric

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