Throughout Irish history terminology has played a significant role in defining those who fall beyond the status quo. This chapter demonstrates that the concept of legitimacy (and where it derives from) has remained a dominant theme throughout Irish republicanism, as demonstrated during the Civil War (1920s), the Hunger Strikes (1980s) and throughout the contemporary Provisional–‘dissident’ divide. This chapter examines the Republican Movement’s engagement with elections and demonstrates that Sinn Féin’s relationship with elections is more nuanced than is often portrayed. Radical republicans have rejected the mainstream narrative that Sinn Féin holds the republican brand and have rejected the Sinn Féin electoral mandate. This chapter explores ‘dissident’ attitudes to elections and explores the electoral fortunes of ‘dissident’ candidates. Through primary interviews, this chapter explores why many candidates have chosen to contest on an ‘independent’ platform rather than under their organisation’s name; and whether groups such as the 32CSM are internally divided on electoral strategy. Debates within RSF, éirígí and the 32CSM demonstrate age-old divisions surrounding the tactical use of local elections. This chapter examines republican attitudes to the lack of popular support and (through their own words) demonstrates where legitimacy is derived from, including an interview with a spokesperson for the CIRA.
The introduction chapter depicts a common story of thousands of Black migrants to Canada from various Caribbean islands and territories. Contact with a cricket and social club was critical for settling in Toronto’s urban and suburban neighbourhoods, finding (mainly) middle-class jobs, returning home to their nations of origin for visits, and travelling to Black plurilocal homespaces created in Canada, the Caribbean, the United States, and England. The Mavericks Cricket and Social Club (MCSC) involved sport, spectatorship, food, music, dancing, travelling, and socializing that were crucial for recreating the sense of home necessary for Black men’s survival in a city rife with interpersonal and systemic racism. The chapter outlines the ways in which cricket is an essential yet often forgotten component of Black Atlantic cultures and Canadian socio-politics The chapter describes the MCSC participants and researcher involved in this study; reviews the sociological processes of making and crossing group boundaries; and sets the context for the book by reviewing a range of literatures including the Black Atlantic and the Caribbean diaspora in Canada, studies of sporting diasporas, the narrative inquiry approach used, and the contents of the remaining book chapters.