The Ulster Unionist victims' movement: political opportunities and injustice masterframes

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Abstract

This paper provides an analysis of the origins, development and decline of the 'Ulster Unionist victims movement', a protest-based social movement that has developed since the inauguration of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. The social movement, which represents a dense network of Protestant Unionist organisations, originated as a protest against what it viewed as discrimination meted out to Protestant Unionists during the political dispensation following the Northern Irish peace process. Utilising social movement theory to analyse the social movement, it assesses how political opportunities and cultural framing processes interact in the evolution of social movements to provide a richer and more dynamic analysis of how social movement actors change over time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-37
Number of pages19
JournalIrish Journal of Sociology
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

Keywords

  • victims
  • social movements
  • Northern Ireland
  • framing
  • political opportunities

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