Ethnonationalism and attitudes towards same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland

Bernadette C Hayes (Corresponding Author), John Nagle

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Abstract

The issue of sexuality and human rights has generated increasing international attention in recent years. This is particularly the case in societies emerging from chronic ethnonationalist conflict, where scholarly debates over the impact of ethnonationalism on sexual rights, such as abortion and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people (LGBT), generate much controversy and division. It is with this disagreement in mind that this paper focuses on the influence of ethnonationalism on attitudes towards the legalisation of same-sex marriage and abortion. Using nationally representative data from Northern Ireland, the results suggest that while ethnonational identity is a significant positive determinant of attitudes towards same-sex marriage within both the Catholic population and among supporters of their main political party (Sinn Féin), it is also a key negative predictor of abortion, albeit solely among Sinn Féin supporters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-469
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Political Science Review
Volume40
Issue number4
Early online date5 Jul 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Jul 2018

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Keywords

  • Ethnonationalism
  • sexual rights
  • abortion
  • LGBT community
  • Northern Ireland
  • Sinn Féin
  • Conflict

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