Racism in the Irish Experience

Racism in the Irish Experience

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Ireland's unique position as the only state in the European Union to have been colonised, coupled with the ambivalent experiences of Irish people within the British Empire, means that issues of 'race' in Ireland are overlaid by complex social and historical forces. This book is a unique analysis of the racialisation of Irish identities. The author examines key phases in the historical development of an Irish 'racial' consciousness, including 16th century colonisation and 19th century immigration to America and Great Britain. He then examines the legacy of this relationship, both in terms of the new migration into Ireland and relations with indigenous minorities -- travellers and Irish Jews. Garner explores the problematic links between nationalist ideologies and racism. He assesses the economic, social and political factors framing the experience of minorities in contemporary Ireland, and places these in a broader European context.show more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 132.08 x 213.36 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 figures
  • 0745319963
  • 9780745319964
  • 1,389,349

About Steve Garner

Steve Garner is Lecturer in Sociology at Aston University. He is the author of 'Racism in the Irish Experience' (2003), 'Whiteness' (2007) and 'Racisms' (2009). He also taught sociology at the Universities of Paris, Cork, and Bristol-UWE.show more

Table of contents

Sociological frameworks for understanding racism; money, migrations and attitudes; racing the Irish in the 16th and 17th centuries; the "filthy aristocracy of skin" - becoming white in the USA; in the belly of the beast - 19th-century Britain, empire and the role of "race" in home rule; other people's diasporas - the racialization of the refugee issue; new racism, old racisms and the role of migratory experience; "remember Blanqui?" - nation-state, community and some paradoxes of anti-racism; beyond the new socio-economic "pale" - racialization and belonging in contemporary Ireland; appendices - definitions of GDP, etc., definitions of poverty, surveys on attitudes towards minorities and minorities experiences of racism-discrimination in the Republic of Ireland, 1972-2001, address from the people of Ireland to their countrymen and countrywomen in America, 1842, tables on Italians' attitudes toward migrants.show more

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At a time when the issue of racism in the Republic has faded somewhat from the media, this is a timely reminder for anyone concerned with the directions Irish civic society is taking. -- Mic Moroneyshow more

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