Rethinking Irish History

Rethinking Irish History : Nationalism, Identity and Ideology

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This book provides a critical interpretation of the construction of Irish national identity in the longer perspective of history. Drawing on recent sociological theory, the authors demonstrate how national identity was invented and codified by a nationalist intelligentsia in the late nineteenth century. The trajectory of this national identity is traced as a process of crisis and contradiction. One of the central arguments is that the negative implications of Irish national identity have never been fully explored by social science.
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  • Electronic book text | 232 pages
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • 0230286445
  • 9780230286443

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Preface to the Paperback Introduction: National Identity and Cultural Contradiction in Twentieth-century Ireland Nationalism and the Construction of Identity Origins and Context of Irish National Identities Nationalist Mobilisation and the Cultural Construction of the Irish Nation The Alignment of Nationalist Politics: Self-Determination as Goal and Achievement The Institutionalisation of National Identity in the Irish Free State Social Change and the Transformation of National Identity Conclusion: Nationalism in Contemporary Ireland Notes Bibliography Index
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About Patrick O'Mahony

GERARD DELANTY is Professor of Sociology at the University of Liverpool. He is co-author of Nationalism in the Modern World. PATRICK O'MAHONEY is Lecturer in Sociology at University College Cork, Ireland. He is co-author of Nationalism in the Modern World.
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