Fri, November 7, 2008 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206
The Orange Order is a mass-member association dedicated to upholding Protestantism and the British connection. Formed in 1795 in the north of Ireland, it soon spread to Britain and the colonies. Though outwardly religious in nature, it has always functioned as a secular institution of British-Protestant ethnicity and Unionist politics. In the last half century, the Orange Order has been buffeted by social and political change. Yet the Order's decline does not reflect any waning of 'ethnic' UnEric Kaufmann is Reader in Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of The Orange Order: A Contemporary Northern Irish History (2007). He is also the author of The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America (2004) and the editor of Rethinking Ethnicity: Majority Groups and Dominant Minorities (2004).