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Inside the Politics Machine

Mark Maguire and Fiona Murphy

in Integration in Ireland

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780719086946
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781781704608 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719086946.003.0003
Inside the Politics Machine

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Taking the Irish local and European elections in 2009 as a point of entry, this chapter follows two Nigerian women as they navigate the vagaries of Irish local politics in Dundalk and Drogheda. This chapter explores political participation by ‘new immigrant candidates’ as they engaged with a public caught in the teeth of an extraordinary economic and political crisis. It is also an ethnographic examination of the sensibilities connected to forms of migrant and minority political mobilization.

Keywords: Local politics; New immigrant candidates; Self-styling; Canvassing; Political parties

Chapter.  14050 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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