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Iris Robinson's Excitable Speech: Sexuality and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland

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Ashe, Fidelma (2009) Iris Robinson's Excitable Speech: Sexuality and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland. Journal of Politics, 29 (1). pp. 20-27. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9256.2008.01334.x


In the summer of 2008, the Westminster MP and Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Iris Robinson, made homophobic statements during interviews with the media. Robinson's anti-gay remarks highlight the continuing challenges for sexual politics in Northern Ireland. However, conflict transformation literature in the region has elided issues of sexuality. This article, drawing on elements of Judith Butler's analysis of injurious speech, assesses the issues that Robinson's homophobic speech highlights in relation to sexual equality in Northern Ireland. It concludes by assessing the role of conflict transformation literature in charting sexual politics in the region.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:LGB movements; Judith Butler; Hate speech; Northern Ireland; Conflict Transformation
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Politics & International Studies
ID Code:9323
Deposited By:Dr Fidelma Ashe
Deposited On:25 Jan 2010 12:46
Last Modified:06 Nov 2012 09:12

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