A Reply to John Barry

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In his analysis of the loyalist flag protests of 2012, John Barry finds within them the potential for a civic, progressive politics beyond ethnic grievance; a post-conflict politics that need not be post-political; an agonistic politics of struggle and contestation that need not be violent. As a means to achieve this, John defends the need for single-identity/internal conversations within loyalism. In my reply, I am broadly supportive, but I suggest that such conversations cannot take for granted the continuation of the constitutional status quo.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479-482
Number of pages4
JournalGlobal Discourse
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 30 Sept 2019


  • Britishness
  • Flag protests
  • Loyalism
  • Northern Ireland


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