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Through this meaning-making process, whereby individuals make sense of the world in which they live, the systems of legitimate order are created. The particular understandings and orientations that emerge determine the extent to which various institutions, like the po­ litical one, benefit from popular legitimacy and help determine whether given institutions will survive or be reconstituted in different forms. The public, as the arena where meaning is forged, stands above the individual and determines his or her relation to society in terms of this emergent, transcendent order of meanings.

The small farmers of the West," Rumpf and Hepburn write, "with their more primitive subsistence econ­ omy and traditional Irish culture, were less open to practical economic considerations, and adhered rigidly to the ideal of a republic. "22 It is clear that, even in Rumpf and Hepburn's analysis concerned principally with the relationship of geography and social structure to political action, the "interpretive" process, that is, the mechanisms by which the Irish made sense of the political situation, played an important role.

In Ireland, parliamentary representatives swore faith and allegiance to the Constitution while only pledging "faithfulness" to the king. "Paradoxical as it might seem," Leo Kohn has written, "it was the expression of the Free State's adherence to the British Commonwealth in the feudal rite of an oath of fidelity to a sovereign leige which sym­ bolized the full measure of its freedom in the new bond of association. "2 In addition, the Treaty was one between "Great Britain and Ireland," implicitly recognizing a sovereign Ireland independent of Britain - a treaty between two nations - and also acknowledging the right of the Irish Parliament (Dail E ireann) to speak for a united Ireland.

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