Journal article

Feminism and the Politics of Difference in Northern Ireland


Journal of Political Ideologies | Routledge | Published : 2002


This article analyses the development of feminist politics in Northern Ireland in the light of broader debates about the politics of difference. It argues that there have been numerous constraints on feminism in Northern Ireland, not the least of which has been the dominance of the 'two traditions' approach to understanding the Northern Irish problem. To counter these constraints, groups such as the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition have had to employ a 'strategic essentialism' whereby the objective of increasing the representation of women (and by women) has taken priority over the feminist concern for difference. Whilst this strategy is understandable, the article contends that it runs th..

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