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Socio-ideological Fantasy and the Northern Ireland ConflictThe Other Side$
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Adrian Millar

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719066962

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719066962.001.0001

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The republican Symbolic

The republican Symbolic

(p.126) 6 The republican Symbolic
Socio-ideological Fantasy and the Northern Ireland Conflict

Adrian Millar

Manchester University Press

Symbolic relations are the relations republicans have with the Other, out of which they invent themselves. Bruce Fink refers to these as ‘one's relation to the Law, to the law laid down by one's parents, one's teachers, one's religion, one's country’ or ‘the way people deal with ideals that have been inculcated in them by their parents, schools, media, language, and society at large’. This chapter examines violent republicanism, the legitimation of republican tradition, the morality of republican violence, and ideals such as liberation and non-sectarianism as they apply to the conflict in Northern Ireland. The self-idealisation that republicans are in possession of the truth and that this is innate perhaps explains why they feel they do not require a mandate even though the need for wider support in the community is constantly felt.

Keywords:   symbolic relations, Northern Ireland, conflict, republicans, republicanism, legitimation, morality, violence, liberation, non-sectarianism

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