Anti-Catholicism in Northern Ireland, 1600-1998: The Mote and the Beam

Anti-Catholicism in Northern Ireland, 1600-1998: The Mote and the Beam

by John D. Brewer, Gareth I. Higgins
     
 
Anti-Catholicism forms part of the dynamics to Northern Ireland's conflict and is critical to the self-defining identity of certain Protestants. However, anti-Catholicism is as much a sociological process as a theological dispute. It was given a Scriptural underpinning in the history of Protestant-Catholic relations in Ireland, and wider British-Irish relations, in

Overview

Anti-Catholicism forms part of the dynamics to Northern Ireland's conflict and is critical to the self-defining identity of certain Protestants. However, anti-Catholicism is as much a sociological process as a theological dispute. It was given a Scriptural underpinning in the history of Protestant-Catholic relations in Ireland, and wider British-Irish relations, in order to reinforce social divisions between the religious communities and to offer a deterministic belief system to justify them. This book examines the socio-economic and political processes that have led to theology being used in social closure and stratification between the seventeenth century and the present day.

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Illustrates from Irish history the use of anti-Catholicism as a resource in social stratification, and presents a sociological analysis of contemporary articulations of anti-Catholicism. The authors argue that even though the idea exists that there is a Scriptural basis to anti-Catholicism, the problem is largely a sociological one, and that both theology and sociology must be used to understand the conflict. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312217389
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/04/1999
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

John D. Brewer is Professor of Sociology and Gareth I. Higgins is a former Research Assistant in the Department of Sociology at the Queen's University of Belfast.

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