|Title:||The Inheritors: Violence and the Social Development of Working-class Protestant and Catholic Youth in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland|
|Name:||Rosellen N. Roche|
Department of Social Anthropology
University of Cambridge
Since the beginning of the modern "Troubles" in the late 1960's, dissidence between Northern Ireland's co-religionist Nationalist (Catholic) and Unionist (Protestant) communities has defined Northern Ireland to the world, and, importantly to itself. Because of this emphasis on division, however, scholars have largely ignored the far-reaching effects upon both communities of prolonged acceptance of "low level" violent interplay within a context of constant surveillance and emergency.
Drawing from fieldwork conducted over 22 months (1999-2001) in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland with over 180 young adult (16-21), working-class, Catholic and Protestant, males and females, this research seeks to draw attention to the continuing "low level" violence as experienced by these young people in this context of extended conflict. Attitudes shared by both Catholic and Protestant young people towards each other as well as authority (both state and paramilitary) lead to commonalties in the ways in which violence is perceived, discussed and enacted through daily routines. In this context, sectarianism and related violence have created an inchoate reality where acts of "doing" violence and "getting done" become a rite for all young people, and become, simply, part of growing up. This research discusses how violence among each other, and from and towards authority, collectively influences young people and allows for extensive and earned knowledge of violent interplay within in the contemporary context.
Roche, Rosellen. Inheriting the "way": young people, authority and contemporary violence in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Anthropology in Action, forthcoming 2004.