Gendering Ethno-nationalist Politics in Northern Ireland

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This article examines and develops a comparison of the Holy Cross School conflict and the campaign by Robert McCartney's sisters and partner to bring those responsible for his murder to justice in Northern Ireland. Both events involved women who identify with the Irish nationalist community in public protest. The article employs a feminist theoretical framework to investigate the ethno-gender dynamics of these particular manifestations of women's political protest. By engaging in a comparative analysis of both protests, the article exposes how these specific expressions of women's political agency and the political discourses and images that they stimulated were influenced by, reflected and disturbed notions about the role of women in nationalist societies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)766-786
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2007


  • Gender
  • Northern Ireland
  • Women's Protests
  • Feminism


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