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Volume 13

Dance and Performance Studies

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Lullabies and Battle Cries

Music, Identity, and Emotion among Republican Parading Bands in Northern Ireland

Jaime Rollins

316 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-921-9 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (August 2018)

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“Rollins offers an insightful account of the changing landscape of republican identity politics in post–Peace Process Northern Ireland, illuminating a surprisingly neglected topic and reshaping our thoughts of what the future of Northern Ireland may look like.” • Richard Jenkins, University of Sheffield


Set against a volatile political landscape, Irish republican culture has struggled to maintain continuity with the past, affirm legitimacy in the present, and generate a sense of community for the future. Lullabies and Battle Cries explores the relationship between music, emotion, memory, and identity in republican parading bands, with a focus on how this music continues to be utilized in a post-conflict climate. As author Jaime Rollins shows, rebel parade music provides a foundational idiom of national and republican expression, acting as a critical medium for shaping new political identities within continually shifting dynamics of republican culture.

Jaime Rollins holds a doctorate from Queen’s University Belfast, and has published multiple articles on music and parading in Northern Ireland and the expression of republican identity through music.

Subject: Performance Studies General Anthropology
Area: Northern Europe


List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Entering the Field

Chapter 1. Theoretical Overview
Chapter 2. Historical Background
Chapter 3. The Bands: History, Context and Methodology
Chapter 4. Parading Identities
Chapter 5. Defining Communities by How They Sound: Rebel Music and Republican Politics
Chapter 6. It Was Music That Kept Their Spirits Free: Emotion and Memory in Rebel Music
Chapter 7. Memorializing Immortality: Commemoration, Narrative and Political Ritual
Chapter 8. The Musical Construction of Remembrance




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