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Hallelujah Halloween

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/9780719086946.003.0005
Hallelujah Halloween

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Opening with an ethnographic snapshot from the book launch of one of our key research participants, this chapter engages with the contribution of an important figure in the local Nigerian community as she engages with the Irish education system. This ethnographic chapter is situated in one primary school facing the challenges of integration on the ground. We reflect on multicultural education in Europe and consider the ways in which multiculturalism is articulated in the everyday lives of parents, teachers and school children. This chapter also documents responses by Pentecostal churches and parents to Halloween, which includes holding a rival ‘Hallelujah night’. We take this as an opportunity to reflect broadly on multiculturalism and education in Ireland.

Keywords: Schools; Integration; Stories; Interculturalism; Inclusion; Curriculum; Halloween

Chapter.  15319 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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