This article examines the extraordinary stories of how thousands of active citizens and citizen groups forged sustained levels of collective action to coordinate and manage the evacuation and shelter of thousands forced from their homes and communities during Northern Irelands Troubles. Based on in-depth interviews, the articles originality resides in its unique insights into the first-hand narratives of fear, refuge, and movement caused by mass displacement that have hitherto been largely side-lined from the history of the Troubles. Furthermore, it argues that the herculean task of organising evacuations, journeys, and refuge centres by civil society had less to do with Putnam’s pluralist concept of social capital and was instead rooted in ideals of solidarity, collective identity, and social action. In the case of Northern Ireland’s mass displacement between 1969 and 1974, the solidarity and collective response of civic society was premised upon ethno-cultural ties and identities but also derived from a spectrum of critical perceptions of the state; perceptions ranging from inept at one end and outright complicit at the other.
|Number of pages||24|
|Journal||Irish Journal of Sociology|
|Early online date||26 Apr 2023|
|Publication status||Published online - 26 Apr 2023|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The author disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was funded by Irish Research Council; Busteed Postdoctoral Scholarship, University of Liverpool.
© The Author(s) 2023.
- Civil society
- Social capital
- the Troubles
- Northern Ireland
- social capital
- civil society