Conflict and Consensus: A Study of Values and Attitudes in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

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Tony Fahey, Bernadette C. Hayes, Richard Sinnott
Brill, 2006 - Family & Relationships - 291 pages
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This study presents a detailed comparison of cultural values and attitudes in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It is based on survey data covering the period from the 1970s to 2003 but focusing especially on the European Values Study (EVS) as fielded in the two parts of Ireland in 1999-2000. The study confirms the deep divisions in identity and political allegiance that separate the Catholic and Protestant communities in Northern Ireland. But it also shows that on many issues, Protestants and Catholics on the island of Ireland are culturally more similar to each other than to any other national population in Europe, including Britain.

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Tony Fahey, Ph.D. (1982) in Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, is Research Professor in the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin. Bernadette C. Hayes, Ph.D. (1986) in Sociology, University of Calgary, Canada, is Professor of Sociology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Richard Sinnott, Ph.D. (1984) in Political Science, Georgetown University, is Director of the Public Opinion and Political Behaviour Research Programme at the Geary Institute, University College Dublin.

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