The narrative of the Global Citizen

Ben Tonra

in Global Citizen and European Republic

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780719056079
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701614 | DOI:
The narrative of the Global Citizen

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This chapter establishes the parameters of the second great identity narrative in Irish foreign policy discourse—that of Ireland as a Global Citizen. It considers how a vision of Ireland and Irish foreign policy has been constructed which values and prioritises a sense of Irish mission in the wider global community. It explains that this narrative is rooted in perceptions of Ireland's global mission, its contributions to other nations on other continents and in its sense of opportunity was certainly a positive fillip to an otherwise introverted and sometimes parochial sense of self and it also offered new avenues of expression and international participation and contributed significantly to a greater self-confidence.

Keywords: Irish foreign policy; Global Citizen; narrative; global community; Irish mission; international participation; self-confidence

Chapter.  8862 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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