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Mary Gilmartin

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
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Anna Hickey-Moody

made me suddenly homesick … is that sound. (Kinza, inner-east Adelaide focus group, 2018) These different stories of belonging illustrate complex attachments. They are from women who live in the same city, yet who demonstrate different emotional and material entanglements of belonging. Place, sound, smell, people, language, prayer: the

in Faith stories
Negotiating identity and place in asylum seeker direct provision accommodation centres
Angèle Smith

3995 Migrations.qxd:text 5/8/13 11:39 Page 164 9 Betwixt, between and belonging: negotiating identity and place in asylum seeker direct provision accommodation centres Angèle Smith When speaking with Ilissa1 about life in Ireland in the asylum seeker direct provision accommodation centre, she explained that, ‘It will never be your real home – nothing you can do will make it your real home. But you need to make this time and place some kind of home for you, like you belong to something, otherwise you will just go mad.’ (Excerpt from field notes, A. Smith, 24

in Migrations
The Irish in Australia
Patricia M. O’Connor

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

in Migrations
Differential fees for overseas students in Britain, c. 1967
Jodi Burkett

charging of differential fees required drawing a clear line between who belonged and who did not, who were insiders and who were outsiders, within British higher education and wider society. 1 The overseas movement of students and other scholars has a long history and is intimately bound up with empire. 2 As Tamson Pietsch has demonstrated, networks of students and scholars created a ‘British academic world

in The break-up of Greater Britain
A stateless Shan youth’s journey to citizenship in northern Thailand
Janepicha Cheva- Isarakul

promise to return to his/her ‘home country’ to develop their career. It is unclear whether a stateless person like Muay and the organisation administering the scholarship share the same definition of a ‘home country’. What is clear is that the Thai state does not grant her the legal right to call Thailand ‘home’. Muay belongs to one of the groups of children and

in Statelessness, governance, and the problem of citizenship
One Nation
Eunice Goes

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

in The Labour Party under Ed Miliband
De-scribing Imperial identity from alien to migrant
Peter Childs

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
Bryan Fanning

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
Irina Kudenko

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

in Leeds and its Jewish Community