The deep and abiding sectarian divide splintering Northern Ireland has been the focus of considerable attention recently. In particular, the role parades and visual displays play in underscoring opposition has come into the spotlight with the emergence of heightened tensions, close on the heels of a tentative peace. Providing penetrating insights into the historical roots of Northern Ireland's ethnic hostilities, this timely book explores the role of images and material culture in shaping present attitudes. Ritual, identity, class and memory are shown to be potent forces informing trenchant animosities -- animosities which are visually reflected in banners and murals for unionists and nationalists alike. The pivotal role of the Twelfth of July parade in Belfast, when an estimated 100,000 either parade or watch the Orangemen, is highlighted. Anyone interested in the future of Northern Ireland and concerned about escalating conflict across the globe will warmly welcome this impressive study.
Table of Contents
1 The Performance of Memory Part I: The Tradition of Parading 2 A Custom Established, 1690-1790 Riotous Assemblies, 3 1769-1850 4 Parading Identity, 1870-1968 Part II: Two Communities 5 The Glorious Twelfth 6 The Endless Parade 7 Our Day Will Come - Parading Irish Nationalism Part III: Displaying Faith 8 Trust in God, But Keep Your Powder Dry 9 A Nation Once Again Part IV: Painting the Streets 10 At the Going Down of the Sun 11 Hungering for Peace 12 In Conclusion
Neil Jarman The Queen's University of Belfast