The Orange Order remains the largest organisation in Northern Irish civil society, with a membership exceeding the combined total of all the political parties in the region. This book provides the first ever comprehensive membership survey of the Order.
It offers a detailed study of the Orange Order and uses a wealth of individual interviews with Orange Leaders and the organisations' grassroots base. It begins with an outline of the development of Orange identity, before turning to a detailed assessment of its contemporary struggle for relevance and political marginalisation, secularism and diminished benefits to its membership.
The book then charts the views of members on how to adapt to external changes explores the sense of belonging provided by membership, and access how the century old relationship with the Ulster Unionist Party was replaced by a shift in allegiances. It also discusses the calls for Unionist unity made by the leadership and analyses the memberships desire for a broad Unionist front.
Loyal to the Core? Orangeism and Britishness in Northern Ireland
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