The McCartney Sisters’ Search for Justice: Gender and Political Protest in Northern Ireland


Ashe, Fidelma. 2006. “The McCartney Sisters’ Search for Justice: Gender and Political Protest in Northern Ireland.” Politics 26 (3): 161–67.

Author: Fidelma Ashe


The murder of Robert McCartney in Belfast in January 2005 sparked a campaign by his sisters and partner to bring his murderer(s), allegedly members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army, to justice. The article examines the gender politics of this campaign. It explores how the campaign simultaneously reflected and contested traditional ideas about women’s subjectivities and roles in ethnically divided societies. Furthermore, the article highlights how the ideologies of masculinity and femininity acted as political resources for the campaigners in their struggle with the Irish republican hierarchy.

Topics: Gender, Masculinity/ies, Gender Roles, Femininity/ies, Political Participation Regions: Europe, Northern Europe Countries: United Kingdom

Year: 2006

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