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Sites of faith and memory

Lindsay Proudfoot and Dianne Hall

in Imperial Spaces

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780719078378
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702895 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719078378.003.0008
Sites of faith and memory

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This chapter investigates the ways in which Irish and Scots place identities were mediated through discursive religious practice. It also addresses the nature of the religious networks which linked the major Irish and Scots denominations throughout the Empire. The policy of fostering Irish clericalism within the Catholic Church in Australia constituted one discursive network linking Australia and Ireland with other parts of the Empire. Churches were among the most important of all focal points for communities. Churches and other buildings attracted meanings that continuously changed according to time and circumstance. The Irish Catholic Church's transformation under the leadership of Cardinal Cullen privileged explicit missionary enterprise. Religious sites of the sort described here constituted an important part of the ever changing mosaic of semiotic meaning inscribed as place in the Australian landscape by hegemonic and subaltern groups in the white migration stream.

Keywords: religious practice; Irish clericalism; Irish Catholic Church; Australia; Australian landscape; place identities; Ireland

Chapter.  12896 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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