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Biography

Jim McAuley is Professor of Political Sociology and Irish Studies. He has taught in various guises in a multidisciplinary Social Science setting for many years. He has been a visiting research scholar at several institutions in Sweden, Canada and the USA. Awarded his BSc from the University of Ulster in 1983, and a PhD in 1998 from the University of Leeds (a study the impact of political violence on community identity), he has continued to write extensively issues around political conflict and division.

 He over 30 years of experience researching into political violence and terrorism, largely in the context of Northern Ireland. His major approach is to analyse the organizational structure of organizations engaged in political violence and their relationships over time. As such he has researched those involved in interactions with such organisations and the social movement sector closely. He has studied all aspects of the cycle of those engaged in political violence – engagement, involvement and disengagement, again mainly in the context of Northern Ireland, including the role of religion in motivating terrorism that is grounded in an ideological and socio-political framing.

 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Northern Irish politics and society
  • Britishness and Unionism
  • Social Movements
  • Popular Cultures
  • The Politics and Culture of Diaspora

Keywords

  • Sociology
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Governance
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Social Exclusion
  • Development Studies
  • Political Sociology
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Case Studies
  • Citizen Participation
  • Political Participation
  • Local Governance
  • Comparative Analysis
  • Community Development
  • Local Development
  • Social Development
  • Community Empowerment
  • Social Work
  • Political Anthropology
  • Social Theory
  • Advocacy
  • Social Capital
  • Social Movements
  • Community Organisation
  • NGOs
  • Political Theory
  • Peace
  • Civil Society
  • Conflict
  • Ideology
  • Uganda
  • Kenya

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Projects 2015 2017

Research Output 1996 2019

The Ulster Unionist Party: Country Before Party?

Hennessey, T., Braniff, M., McAuley, J., Tonge, J. & Whiting, S. A., 3 Jan 2019, 1st ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 256 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

leader
party member
concession
political institution
sympathy

Moral Foundations Theory and the 2016 US presidential Election

Nath, L., Pedriana, N., Gifford, C. & McAuley, J. W., 2018, In : Sociological Imagination. 54, 1, p. 75 - 85 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
intuition
presidential election
voting behavior
political impact
election result
5 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
structural violence
Social Movements
violence
peace process
campaign

Contemporary Orangeism in Canada: Identity, Nationalism, and Religion

McAuley, J. W. & Nesbitt-Larking, P., 22 Aug 2017, Springer International Publishing AG. 127 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

nationalism
Religion
Canada
politics
organizational structure

Securitisation through re-enchantment: The strategic uses of myth and memory

Nesbitt-Larking, P. & McAuley, J. W., 2017, In : Postcolonial Studies. 20, 3, p. 317-332 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
myth
museum
citizenship
militarism
militarization

Activities 2013 2018

‘Community management of scarce natural resources in North East Kenya: the role of collective memory’

James McAuley (Speaker), Matthew Snell (Speaker)
7 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

‘Becoming radical(ized): Identity development amongst Northern Irish Former Combatants’

James McAuley (Speaker), Neil Ferguson (Speaker)
5 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Structural violence and conflict transformation in Northern Ireland after the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement: The role of Loyalist Paramilitaries

Shaun McDaid (Speaker), James McAuley (Speaker), Neil Ferguson (Speaker)
7 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Becoming radical(ized): Identity development amongst Northern Irish Former Combatants

James McAuley (Speaker), Neil Ferguson (Speaker)
7 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

International Society of Political Psychology (External organisation)

James McAuley (Chair)
2018 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee