By Desmond Bell
During the last twenty years, a chain of juvenile generations have come of age in strife-torn Ulster. youth strengthen a feeling of ethnic expertise - as Ulster Protestant or Irish Catholic - in a scenario of political obstacle and sectarian disagreement. utilizing ethnographic tools, Desmond Bell explores the subcultural international of younger Loyalists and examines the function of minor cultural practices within the copy of ethnic id and within the reconstruction of culture in Irish society.
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This traced the origins of juvenile delinquency to the inadequate policing of the streets and to parental neglect. It prescribed as a cure the professionalization of the youth service and provision of recreational facilities. This diagnosis and 'course of treatment' was to be faithfully repeated with regard to another generation of Ulster 'problem youth' in the 1970s. The darkened streets of the 1970s were lit up with the flare of the petrol bomb. In the early period of the current conflict, from 1969 until1972, street rioting was at its peak.
It established a permanent government Youth Committee to oversee the development of a professional youth service and to buttress the provision of the voluntary, largely uniformed youth organizations. An aetiology of youthful disorder was formulated. This traced the origins of juvenile delinquency to the inadequate policing of the streets and to parental neglect. It prescribed as a cure the professionalization of the youth service and provision of recreational facilities. This diagnosis and 'course of treatment' was to be faithfully repeated with regard to another generation of Ulster 'problem youth' in the 1970s.
If ethnicity is primarily a system of social classification as Barth suggests, 'the critical focus of investigation becomes the ethnic boundary that defines the group, not the cultural stuff it encloses' (1969). The ethnie is then a type of symbolic community in which discriminations are made as regards outsiders. It is in other words a repository of boundary-defining symbols; a socially shared discourse of myths, images and communicative codes through which an imagined community coheres and lives its ideological relations with outsiders.
Acts of Union: Youth Culture and Sectarianism in Northern Ireland by Desmond Bell