Migration is one of the key issues in Ireland today. This book provides a new and original approach to understanding contemporary Irish migration and immigration, showing that they are processes that need to be understood together. It focuses on four key themes (work, social connections, culture and belonging) that are common to the experiences of immigrants, emigrants and internal migrants. The Gathering was an Irish government initiative held during 2013, bringing together festivals, concerts, seminars, family reunions under one convenient label, using it as a marketing campaign to encourage members of the Irish diaspora to visit Ireland. The 'Currents of Migration' map, together with the nuances of Ravenstein's discussion of migration, offer us a useful way to think about how we might map migration to and from Ireland. The emphasis on a close relationship between migration decisions and work has resulted in a wide range of research on the topic. The book describes social connections: on the ways in which we create, maintain and extend their social connections through the experience of migration. Migrants change the cultural structures and productions of particular places, and these changes may be welcomed to an extent, particularly in aspiring or already global cities. The temptations and complications of belonging become even more evident in association with migration. The book concludes by advocating for a place-based approach to migration, showing how this focus on Ireland as a specific place adds to our more general knowledge about migration as a process and as a lived experience.
This book argues that modern Irish history encompasses a deep-seated fear of betrayal, and that this fear has been especially prevalent throughout Irish society since the revolutionary period at the outset of the twentieth century. The author goes on to argue that the novel is the literary form most apt for the exploration of betrayal in its social, political and psychological dimensions. The significance of this thesis comes into focus in terms of a number of recent developments – most notably, the economic downturn (and the political and civic betrayals implicated therein) and revelations of the Catholic Church’s failure in its pastoral mission. As many observers note, such developments have brought the language of betrayal to the forefront of contemporary Irish life. After an introductory section in which he considers betrayal from a variety of religious, psychological and literary perspectives, Gerry Smyth goes on to analyse the Irish experience of betrayal: firstly through a case study of one of the country’s most beloved legends – Deirdre of the Sorrows; and secondly, through extended discussion of six powerful Irish novels in which ideas of betrayal feature centrally - from adultery in James Joyce’s Ulysses, touting in Liam O’Flaherty’s The Informer and spying Elizabeth Bowen’s The Heat of the Day, through to writing itself in Francis Stuart’s Black List, Section H, murder in Eugene McCabe’s Death and Nightingales and child abuse in Anne Enright’s The Gathering (2007). This book offers a powerful analysis of modern Irish history as regarded from the perspective of some its most incisive minds.
‘A family – a whole fucking
country – drowning in shame’: Anne
Enright’s TheGathering (2007)
Herod’s way of coping with children?
‘Knife the little fuckers, one by one.’
Brendan Kennelly, The
Little Book of Judas, 33
The final case study in this account brings us to Anne Enright’s Man
Booker Prize-winning novel focused on the sexual abuse of a child
(or perhaps children – the narrator, as we’ll see, is unsure) in modern Ireland, and the traumas that ensue from such events. Enright
already had a reputation as an accomplished writer on the subject
, places where play-actors may authenticate their
Scottish fantasies. Finally, I focus on ‘TheGathering’, the Homecoming campaign’s centrepiece festival which took place in Edinburgh in 2009, following a
Dutch pipe band on their journey to Scotland, the place on the map.
Homecoming Scotland: looking for ‘affinity Scots’
‘Playing Scotsmen’ is a global phenomenon, and Scotland has started to take
notice. During the first decade of the twenty-first century, the Scottish government sought to connect actively with what is increasingly called the Scottish
taking the Green Road
Five Irish Women
Anne Enright, one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers, the first Irish
female winner of the Man Booker prize (in 2007) for her novel TheGathering, and from 2015 to 2018 the inaugural Laureate for Irish
Fiction sponsored by the Arts Council, cannot be usefully addressed
or described as a confessional artist in the style of Edna O’Brien or
Sinéad O’Connor. However, she has discussed aspects of her own life
in interviews, reviews and essays, including numerous contributions
to the Guardian, the Diary
It is significant, then, that thegathering into the Church envisaged by many French and English Catholic authors sometimes adopts supernatural or enchanted dimensions, especially through their depiction of prophecy, the miraculous and the mysterious sharing of grace between members of the Church. In this last chapter we must turn our attention to these themes as they appear in the works of French and English Catholic writers. It is here that we see not only their most outré defiance of secular mentalities, but also
a woman to have total control over her own body whereas the
‘pro-lifers’ argue for the right to life of the unborn foetus.
interest, and groups around the world have been active in campaigning for
more generous provision and better enforcement.
The protection of liberties in Britain and the United
States in theory and practice
There was no Bill of Rights in the original American Constitution, not least
because the federalists who dominated thegathering felt that it was unnecessary. In their view, liberty would be protected by procedures such as federalism
Practice, institutionalization and disciplinary context of history of
medicine in Germany
Ylva Söderfeldt and Matthis Krischel
Medical school curricula have led to the institutionalization of the
discipline of History, Theory and Ethics in Medicine in Germany. This has
provided historians with access to medical audiences, but at the same time
subjected them to assessment criteria that poorly reflect the quality of
historical research. In adapting to this, historians of medicine have chosen
strategies that serve the gathering of impact points at the cost of
contributing to historical research.
Mark Doidge, Radosław Kossakowski and Svenja Mintert
Football fandom is a regular, ritualistic performance that takes place every weekend over the course of a season. These performances are recounted in conversation, social media and traditional media throughout the week. The performances help locate the individual within a broader collective, but also structure their interactions with others. Through the collective ritual of fandom, the ultras elevate themselves into a state of flow that brings the gathering of individual fans into one collective working in unison.
Ethnographic fieldwork, colonial governmentality, and the ‘dance of agency’
This chapter focuses on New Zealand’s Pacific colonies of the Cook Islands and Sāmoa, drawing on material culture studies and actor network theory to trace the relations between scientific activities and colonial governmentality. The focus here is on the collaboration and critical engagement of Māori politicians Māui Pōmare and Āpirana Ngata with government machinery in Wellington and with local people in Sāmoa. This is revealed through the correspondence between Ngata, directly involved in New Zealand’s Pacific colonies, and ‘homegrown’ anthropologist Peter Buck (Te Rangihiroa), engaged in ethnographic research in the Pacific. While the gathering of data in the field was directly related to the assembling and governing of New Zealand’s empire, the ‘dance of agency’ simultaneously produced a platform for Native survival and development within the nation and empire.