Loyalism, orangeism and Britishness: Contemporary synergies and tensions

Andrew Mycock, James W. McAuley, Jonathan Tonge

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Perhaps the most visible expression of loyalism in Northern Ireland can be found in the Orange Order, especially through its set piece commemorations and in particular its parading tradition. Such parades give open and very public expression to notions of loyalty and identity (Bryan 2000). Within this, several writers have drawn attention to the key role of the Order (correctly titled the Loyal Orange Institution) in defining popular constructions of Britishness for many Northern Irish Protestant unionists (Kaufman 2007; Kinealy 2004; McAuley and Tonge 2008). Central to this is the linking of core themes of past and present within the Protestant unionist tradition (McAuley and Tonge 2007). Through this the Orange Order provides not just a teleological link that connects current generations to those who are seen to have defended the Union, but also provides a crucial institution shaping a historical narrative that celebrates a particular view of ‘Britishness’ and the British national past.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUlster Loyalism after the Good Friday Agreement
Subtitle of host publicationHistory, Identity and Change
EditorsJames W. McAuley, Graham Spencer
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780230305830
ISBN (Print)9780230228856
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011


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