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#399 Desiring a bond in family political tensions: Everyday ethics in Belfast after the Brexit referendum

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First name Tomoko Middle name Last name Sakai
Title Dr Organization / Institution Kobe University Department Sociology
Address 1-1 Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku Postal / Zip code 657-0013 Country JP
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Abstract title

Desiring a bond in family political tensions: Everyday ethics in Belfast after the Brexit referendum

Abstract text

Since the Brexit referendum in 2016 and subsequent political confusions, deep socio-political divides have been made visible in the United Kingdom. While some accord with the classic class divisions, some phenomena seem to show the emergence of new splits that have resonances in global politics. In the North of Ireland, against the backdrop of the history of the long-term political conflict, generation has emerged as an important factor of the division even more than in other regions. The case examined in this paper is a family in Belfast, in which the members of three generation hold conflicting social views and political attitudes in relation to Brexit. After the referendum, the family gradually found out that there have been differences of views about many social issues, not only things directly relevant to Brexit, such as border control and migration, but also about many other issues such as education, healthcare and ethnic belongingness. Thinking with Veena Das's discussion about ordinary ethics through a case study of a Muslim-Hindu couple in India, this paper explores everyday practices with which the family members attempt to "do things together" despite the difference of social/political opinions and relational tensions. With a relatively small family size as Catholics – the middle-aged mother and her son are both only children – they try to keep an intimate family bond facing the difficulty of mutual understanding, which I regard as a type of everyday ethics in a post-conflict society.

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Panel no. 49 - Ethnographies of Neoliberalism: Hope or Pessimism?

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This abstract was reviewed on 2021-01-07 12:40h by Sachiko TANUMA

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