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Imagining the ‘New Hibernia’

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638833.003.0006
Imagining the ‘New Hibernia’

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This chapter determines the sense of racism and anti-immigrant settlement in Ireland. It takes a look at the citizenship amendment that created racial identity as the foundation of Irish citizenship; this unwittingly gave legitimacy and credence to the racist attacks on minority groups, immigrants, and refugees. This chapter concludes that attending to figures of race in Irish politics, literature and culture is not only the centrality of race to Irish social and political discourses, but also the extent the validity and efficacy of racial ideologies has constantly been the subject of radical doubt within Irish culture.

Keywords: racism; anti-immigrant settlement; citizenship amendment; racial identity; racist attacks; figures of race; racial ideologies

Chapter.  2875 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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