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The Art of War: Instability, Insecurity, and the Invention of Traditions in Northern Ireland's Political Wall Murals, 1981--1998

Author:
Goalwin, Gregory James
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. Sociology
Degree Supervisor:
Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2012
Issued Date:
2012
Topics:
Political Science, General, Sociology, General, and European Studies
Keywords:
Propaganda
Nationalism
Northern Ireland
Murals
Genres:
Dissertations, Academic and Online resources
Dissertation:
M.A.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012
Description:

This thesis examines political murals produced during the conflict known as "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland. Drawing upon the work of Eric Hobsbawm and Roland Barthes, I argue that murals played a key role in the invention of traditions, a process of crafting a communal self-identification and legitimizing central narrative, which was of crucial concern to groups on both sides. In this regard, murals functioned as a form of mythic speech, attempting to depoliticize and make natural the rhetoric used by the competing groups. Murals served as a highly visible form of both internal and external propaganda, articulating one side's rhetoric while challenging the other's. The grassroots nature of the mural traditions is particularly telling, exposing the deep-seated insecurity of both sides. This insecurity was further reflected by, and a served as a catalyst for, the paramilitary violence that has been a defining characteristic of Northern Ireland for so long.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (68 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f30c4spk
ISBN:
9781267649843
Catalog System Number:
990038915330203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Gregory Goalwin
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