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Race and Immigration in the New Ireland

Julieann Veronica Ulin

Publication Year: 2013

Although a number of books have addressed recent changes in Ireland that are related to immigration, both during and after the Celtic Tiger economic boom and bust, they are often limited by a focus on a single aspect of immigration or on either the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Race and Immigration in the New Ireland, in contrast, offers a variety of expert perspectives and a comprehensive approach to the social, political, linguistic, cultural, religious, and economic transformations in Ireland that are related to immigration. It includes a wide range of critical voices and approaches to reflect the broad impact of immigration on multiple aspects of Irish society and culture. The contributors address immigration and Irish sports, education systems, language debates, migrant women’s issues, human rights policies, and culture both in the Republic and in the North of Ireland. Further, authors offer a framework for considering this new Ireland in relation to earlier colonial contexts, reading intersections between new racism and old sectarianism.

Published by: University of Notre Dame Press


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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-vi


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pp. vii-xvi

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Introduction: Ireland’s New Strangers

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pp. 1-20

Ireland has had a long and complex relationship with the stranger.The trope of the stranger in the house has functioned as shorthand for the colonial presence in Ireland, regularly surfacing in literary and political discourse to invoke hostility toward and to demand the expulsion of an outsider inside. Writing in response to the Penal Laws,...

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1. Immigration in Ireland: A Keynote Address by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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pp. 21-38

I would like to begin with the issue of Irish identity.1 Let me share with you a lesson I learned when I said, in an emotional evening on the night I was elected as president of Ireland, that I would place a light in the window of Áras an Uachtaráin for all of those who had had to emigrate from Ireland over the years, over the decades. I learned about the...

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2. An Interview with Pablo Rojas Coppari of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

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pp. 39-50

The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2011. The organization focuses on participation and empowerment of migrants through action groups; training migrants in leadership, media relations, and lobbying the state; and educational outreach to the community through creative projects that convey is-...

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3. (M)other Ireland: Migrant Women Subverting the Racial State?

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pp. 51-74

Let me begin with two, seemingly unrelated stories. On July 23, 2004, a badly decomposed body, described by the media as that of “a black non-national woman,” was discovered in a black plastic bag on a riverbank in Kilkenny. Because she arrived as an asylum seeker in 2000 and,like all asylum seekers, had been fingerprinted, gardaí identified the...

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4. Racism in the Six Counties

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pp. 92-106

When in 2006 the Sunday Tribune asked, “Has Peace Made Us the Race Hate Capital of the World?,”1 the question encapsulated a particular moment in the evolution of the dynamic between race and the Northern Ireland state. The “us” was post– Good Friday Agreement...

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5. The Linguistic Challenge of Multicultural Ireland: Managing Language Diversity in Irish Schools

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pp. 107-130

Language differences are among the most difficult challenges for new settlers and receiving societies alike. Lack of necessary language skills can limit economic opportunity, access to social resources (shops, banks, the media), and the negotiation of societal institutions (education and health care facilities). Proficiency in the language or languages...

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6. The Irish Language in Twenty-First-Century Ireland: Exploring Legislative and Policy Protections North and South

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pp. 131-156

Between 1999 and 2007, over 650,000 people immigrated to Ireland. Among those immigrating were returning Irish nationals, UK nationals, economic migrants, political refugees, and asylum seekers.1 The pull factor was economic. Successful industrial relations and good investment incentives during this boom period made Ireland a viable location...

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7. Integration Through Sport: The Gaelic Athletic Association and the New Irish

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pp. 157-174

That Ireland has changed since the mid-1990s is indisputable. Outward emigration all but ceased for a period, peace came to the North, prosperity arrived in the Republic and then faded once more, and, for the first time in the history of the state, Ireland experienced large-scale immigration. The effect of the New Irish has been felt in all areas...

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8. Reflections on Race in Contemporary Ireland

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pp. 175-204

Any reflection on the category “race” in the contemporary world is inevitably framed by the cumulative layers of meanings and practices attached to bodies and cultures over the previous centuries. If the idea of race resembles anything, it is a palimpsest,1 with past interpretations leaking through to make the ink of the present run. Accordingly...

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9. Conclusion: Ireland, Immigration, and the Ethics of Memory

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pp. 205-220

In a dinner party scene in Irving Welsh’s short 2007 film Nuts, which features a caustic view of Celtic Tiger Ireland, one of the characters remarks with a casual certitude that the Irish can’t be racist: “How can we be? We’re the original economic migrants.” To which another guest counters, in case the parallels with the past are too close for comfort...


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pp. 221-226


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pp. 227-230

Back Cover

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pp. 248-248

E-ISBN-13: 9780268078669
E-ISBN-10: 0268078661
Print-ISBN-13: 9780268027773
Print-ISBN-10: 0268027773

Page Count: 248
Illustrations: NA
Publication Year: 2013

OCLC Number: 838791916
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  • Ireland -- Race relations.
  • Ireland -- Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects.
  • Minorities -- Ireland -- Social conditions.
  • Immigrants -- Ireland -- Social conditions.
  • Racism -- Ireland.
  • Social change -- Ireland.
  • Ireland -- Social conditions -- 1973-.
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