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Women's Equality in Northern Ireland's Transition: Intersectionality in Theory and Place

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Rooney, Eilish (2006) Women's Equality in Northern Ireland's Transition: Intersectionality in Theory and Place. Feminist Legal Studies, 14 (3). pp. 353-375. [Journal article]



Women are invisible in mainstream analyses of the Northern Irishconflict. The prodigious literature is uninformed by gender analysis. These absenceshave discursive and material implications for tackling women’s inequality in a societyin transition from armed conflict. Feminist intersectional theory counters andcomplicates essentialist constructions of identity. It aids understanding of theNorthern Irish context by bringing into view issues of gender, sect and class. Thetentative intersectional theoretical framework developed in this article is tested in anempirical study of women’s poverty. This supports the argument that intersectionalanalysis is required if the policy approach to women’s equality in Northern Ireland isto benefit the most marginalised women and thereby improve the prospects ofbuilding a more stable and peaceable society.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:conflict, equality, feminism, intersectionality, Northern Ireland/ North of Ireland
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies
Research Institutes and Groups:Transitional Justice Institute
ID Code:14719
Deposited By:Mrs Eilish Rooney
Deposited On:03 Aug 2010 09:38
Last Modified:03 Aug 2010 09:38

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