John Brannigan

in Race in Modern Irish Literature and Culture

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638833
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651801 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter discusses the transition of Ireland into a multi-cultural society. It notes that the country experienced net immigration in 1996, which continued for the next ten years. It shows that immigration in Irish society led to modern migratory movements, and examines evidence of racist violence and abuse in the ‘new Ireland’. It then identifies the two main reasons for the absence of considerations of race and racism from studies of modern Irish culture. The chapter also considers the relationship between racism and nationalism.

Keywords: Ireland; multi-cultural society; net immigration; migratory movements; racist violence; race; racism; nationalism; Irish culture

Chapter.  6433 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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