The unknown creed: punk and political uncertainty in Northern Ireland

Stewart, F. (2020) The unknown creed: punk and political uncertainty in Northern Ireland. In: Minority Religions and Uncertainty. Routledge inform series about minority religions and spiritual movements . Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9781472484512

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Northern Ireland is often, over-simplistically, considered to be a bi-cultural society and as such the focus has been on accommodation, specifically; “the accommodation of apparent cultural differences between British and Irish, unionists and nationalists, Protestants and Catholics.” (Nic Craith, 2003: 1) Accommodation rather than assimilation is favoured, but it leaves little space for those who exist and live outside those dominant bi-cultural groups. In regards to those who consciously and deliberately choose to live a lifestyle and create an identity that seeks to challenge those binaries and categories, they are at additional risk of attack and retaliation as they potentially pose a risk to the easy narrative and the use / control of power. Within punk and anarchy communities in Northern Ireland there has been a history of challenge to the very concept of a bi-cultural society and numerous attempts to demonstrate alternative conceptions of community and living that involves decision making that often put such communities at risk in a very uncertain climate. Utilising interview quotations, this chapter will be divided between an historical overview and examples from the punk community at large, before focusing on the decision to create a community within community as a form of protest and resistance through the Straight Edge movement that is centred on making an informed choice.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Punk Rock, Northern Ireland, Straight Edge, Uncertainity, Politics
Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Francis Stewart
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2019 16:37
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2021 03:40

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