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6 Belonging What does it mean to belong? On one level, belonging is intuitive: it is a feeling of being at ease in a particular place or with a particular group of people, such as at work, or within the family, or at the GAA club. However, this lived (often individual) experience of belonging does not always translate into a clear and unambiguous definition. There are two main reasons for this. The first is the conflict that often emerges between individual and group feelings of belonging. The second is the struggle to make sense of the different scales at which

in Ireland and migration in the twenty-first century
Negotiating identity and place in asylum seeker direct provision accommodation centres

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in Migrations
The Irish in Australia

3995 Migrations.qxd:text 5/8/13 11:39 Page 147 8 (Re)negotiating belonging: the Irish in Australia Patricia M. O’Connor Introduction Belonging is a complex concept. More than a synonym of identity, this multidimensional construct brings together ‘a personal, intimate, feeling of being “at home” in a place (place-belongingness)’ and ‘forms of socio-spatial inclusions/exclusion (politics of belonging)’ (Antonsich, 2010: 644). Belonging therefore, has both individual and collective components, strong affective underpinnings and is intrinsically spatial

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One Nation

6 Labour and the politics of belonging One Nation Our story, as a party and as a country, is not what we achieved separately but what we achieved together. The story of the Scotsman, the Englishman, and the Welshman is not just the start of a good joke. It is the history of social justice in this country. It was a Scotsman, Keir Hardie, who founded the Labour party a hundred and twelve years ago. An Englishman, Clement Attlee, who led the most successful Labour Government in history. And a Welshman, Nye Bevan, who pioneered that Government’s greatest legacy, our

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De-scribing Imperial identity from alien to migrant

3 ‘Where do you belong?’: De-scribing Imperial identity from alien to migrant PETER CHILDS Introduction: writing the post-colonial nation ‘England,’ said Christophine who was watching me, ‘you think there is such a place?’ … ‘You do not believe there is a country called England?’ She blinked and answered quickly, ‘I don’t know, I know what I see with my eyes and I never see it.’ (Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea, 1996, 92) Understanding the novel as a formative influence on the imagining of national collectivity, Timothy Brennan argues that ‘it is especially in

in Across the margins

13 New rules of belonging Economic Development (1958) – a report written by T.K. Whitaker, then the senior official in the Department of Finance – has been venerated as the foundation text of a new post-1950s nation-building project.1 The main body of the report was nothing special; it mostly focused on prospects for Irish agriculture. However, Economic Development included as an appendix Whitaker’s December 1957 memorandum to the cabinet proposing the new policy direction.2 In time, a focus on making economic growth the defining national project sidelined a

in Irish adventures in nation-building

This chapter offers an alternative conceptual framework for looking at the diversity of individual experiences of Jewish identity in the Leeds Jewish community, at present and in the past. Borrowing from the field of citizenship studies and identity politics, it argues that to understand local expressions of Jewish belonging, they need to be framed in the wider context of the national discourse on Britishness and citizenship. This means that changing notions of national identity inevitably trigger changes in how people express and

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British DIY punk as a form of cultural resistance

12 ‘Punk belongs to the punx, not business men!’: British DIY punk as a form of cultural resistance Michelle Liptrot At the start of the British punk phenomenon, the journalist John Collis wrote ‘punk rock is designed simply to make money’.1 Thirty-six years on there seems to have been some accuracy in Collis’s prediction. For example, the construction and commodification that was integral to punk from the beginning can be illustrated by the fact that Malcolm McLaren put together his ‘punk project’ in the form of the London band, the Sex Pistols.2 McLaren

in Fight back

This article describes the powerplay around the recent discovery (summer 2015) of eighteenth-century Jewish graves in the French city of Lyon. Prior to the French Revolution, Jews had no right to have their own cemeteries, and the corpses of the deceased were buried in the basement of the local catholic hospital, the Hôtel- Dieu. In recent years this centrally located building was completely renovated and converted into a retail complex selling luxury brands. The discovery and subsequent identification of the graves – and of some human remains – led to a complex confrontation between various actors: archaeologists, employed either by the municipality or by the state; religious authorities (mostly Lyons chief rabbi); the municipality itself; the private construction companies involved; direct descendants of some of the Jews buried in the hospital‘s basement; as well as the local media. The question of what to do with the graves took centre stage, and while exhumations were favoured by both archaeologists and the representatives of the families, the chief rabbi – supported by the construction companies – proved reluctant to exhume, for religious reasons. In the first part of his article the author details the origins of this Jewish funerary place and current knowledge about it. He then goes on to analyse what was at stake in the long negotiations, arguing that the memory of the Holocaust played a role in the attitude of many of the parties involved. By way of conclusion he considers the decision not to exhume the graves and elaborates on the reasons why this led to some dissatisfaction.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal

3 Australian foreign policy and the vernacular of national belonging Katie Linnane On 22 October 2014 a gunman opened fire on the Canadian National War Memorial and Houses of Parliament, killing a soldier on ceremonial duty and injuring three others. In expressing sympathy on behalf of all Australians, then Prime Minister, Tony Abbott (2013–15), announced: ‘today more than ever, Australians and Canadians are family’ (Wroe 2014). On the surface, such a statement of solidarity appeared both appropriate and unexceptional. In times of crisis or catastrophe

in The politics of identity