Northern Irish

ETHNONYMS: British, Scots Irish, Ulster Irish, Ulster Scots. Historical: Anglo-Irish, Celts, West Britons


In 1986 Northern Ireland had the highest rate of new dwellings in the U.K. at 6.5 per 1,000 population. Housing throughout the province was 61 percent owner-occupied, 34 percent rented from local authorities, and 6 percent privately rented. The average cost of a home built in 1986, with mortgage, was 25,700 pounds. Domestic rates at 231 pounds were lower than elsewhere in the U.K.


Kin Groups and Descent. Descent is bilateral with an emphasis on patrilateral kin. The household is the organizational unit of descent.

Kinship Terminology. English kinship terminology is used. Among Protestants, Christian names often descend within the family; Catholics choose saints' names.


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Harris, Rosemary (1972). Prejudice and Tolerance in Ulster: A Study of Neighbours and "Strangers" in a Border Community, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Heslinga, M. W. (1971). The Irish Border as a Cultural Divide: A Contribution to the Study of Regionalism in the British Isles. Assen: Van Gorcum.

Moxon-Browne, Edward (1983). Nation, Class, and Creed in Northern befand. Aldershot: Gower.


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