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Just fighting to survive: loyalist paramilitary politics and the Progressive Unionist Party

McAuley, James W. (2004) Just fighting to survive: loyalist paramilitary politics and the Progressive Unionist Party. Terrorism and Political Violence, 16 (3). pp. 522-543. ISSN 0954-6553

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    Throughout the contemporary period, Unionists and Loyalists in Northern Ireland have reacted in contradictory ways to the peace process. This article highlights some of the key political and social dynamics within loyalism. In particular, it considers the positioning of the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and their linked political representatives in the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP). The response of the PUP to the peace process has revealed several important tensions within unionism. These include the notions that Loyalists can no longer be assured that the UK government will maintain the Union; expressions of class and gendered identities; a lack of trust of mainstream unionism; and, sectarianism, which although it remains a key element within Loyalist identity, is by no means its only dimension. Finally, the article outlines the broader construction of Loyalist and Unionist ideologies, and positions the PUP within broader politics of contemporary unionism

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    Additional Information: UoA 39 (Politics and International Studies) Copyright © Taylor and Francis, Inc., 2004
    Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
    J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Academy for British and Irish Studies
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