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Subject/Keyword
Difference
Social Movement
Northern Ireland
Depoliticization
Identity
Coalition
Women's Movement
Conflict
Pro-Choice
Sisterhood
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
McClean, Anna
Supervisor and department
Shultz, Lynette (Educational Policy Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Merali, Noorfarah (Educational Psychology)
Chovanec, Donna (Educational Policy Studies)
Department
Department of Educational Policy Studies
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-04-14T21:03:43Z
Graduation date
2010-06
Degree
Master of Education
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Coalitions in Northern Ireland have been organizing across the ethno-nationalist divide for decades. Yet, while empirical research has addressed challenges of, and potential for, organizing across ethnonationalism, the ways in which coalition members attend to their complex subjectivites have been overlooked. Using a critical, constructivist approach to qualitative research, this study of Alliance for Choice Belfast sheds light upon the impacts of attending to / overlooking difference and power dynamics. Data was collected through field research, semi-structured interviews and document analysis, and analysed through the lens of radical coalition building, along with theories that address the complexity of identities. The findings suggest that members of the coalition have created a depoliticized coalitional space in order to avoid conflict and unite around their campaign goal. This has had implications in terms of homogenizing women’s experiences, overlooking elements of class privilege, and falling back into traditional practices of avoidance around controversial issues.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3PW35
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