Download PDF by Sarah Campbell: Gerry Fitt and the SDLP: 'In a Minority of One'

By Sarah Campbell

ISBN-10: 0719096103

ISBN-13: 9780719096105

Gerry Fitt was once a key political determine in Northern eire for over two decades, but there's no significant ancient evaluate of his contribution, nor of his legacy or position within the reminiscence of the minority group there. Drawing on unpublished social gathering and personal papers, lately published Irish and British govt papers, and interviews, this ebook is the 1st educational research of the function of Gerry Fitt within the politics of the Social Democratic and Labour social gathering (SDLP) and should study the 1st decade of the occasion throughout the lens of his leadership.

Fitt was once a motive force at the back of the unique imaginative and prescient of the get together and performed a important function in growing the id of the SDLP as a 'radical socialist social gathering' which supplied a 'new' type of nationalism, through prioritising socio-economic matters over the constitutional query. but, Fitt famous that he was once usually in an 'unhappy minority of 1' over many concerns and now and then the connection among himself and his occasion colleagues was once 'very uneasy'. This publication, for that reason, sheds new gentle at the formation of the SDLP, reading the explanations and tactics in which the celebration used to be shaped and the usually conflicting rules and feel of political id that the get together portrayed during the Seventies. opposite to the respectable narrative of the social gathering, this booklet offers another and extra nuanced view of the machinations which moulded occasion coverage in its first decade.

Gerry Fitt and the SDLP is vital interpreting for college students and students of recent Irish and British politics and the Northern eire clash. it is going to additionally entice these attracted to clash solution in divided societies.

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