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    Violent Realities: Stories of Adaptation and Change from an Irish Minority.

    Walsh, Tony (2016) Violent Realities: Stories of Adaptation and Change from an Irish Minority. Narrative and Conflict: Explorations of Theory and Practice, 4 (1). pp. 68-96.

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    The small Irish Protestant minority has had complex, blurred and dramatically chan-ging relationships with roles of both victimizer and victim. It has moved from an align-ment with forces of British colonial power to extreme marginality, persecution and the threat of extinction following Irish political Independence. In the last decade it is co-ping with sudden acceptability and growth. It has moved from being mildly aligned to Britain to being quite fiercly Irish and has been variously (and often simultaneously) execrated, marginalized, silenced, silent, depressed, superior, patronized and patroni-sing. Utilising Foucault’s notions of discourse, power and resistance, this paper explores a small number of vignettes emerging from a recent narrative research inquiry into Irish Protestant identity. The paper draws also on Bronwyn Davies’ concept of positioning through language and social interaction to increase, challenge and complicate our un-derstanding of the layered, nuanced and often contradictory dynamics of victimhood and victimizer in that evolving scenario.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: positionality; violence; social constructionism; power; victimhood; narrative;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 9686
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    Depositing User: Tony Walsh
    Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2018 10:54
    Journal or Publication Title: Narrative and Conflict: Explorations of Theory and Practice
    Publisher: Mason
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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