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Gavan Titley


Journalism & Mass Media

social cohesion nation english media theatre studies ireland irish studies future nation building irish

Fanning, Bryan (2009) New Guests of the Irish Nation (2009)

Abstract Bryan Fanning’s new book is a book in search of an argument, in three productive senses. A collection of essays written between 2001 and 2008, it presents the gradual accretion of conceptual possibilities adequate to the consequences of rapid transformative migration in the Republic of Ireland. As these conceptual resources develop over time, a more fundamental search emerges from their contours; for a situated normative project of what comes to be called ‘adaptive nation-building’, capable of promoting cultural recognition, future social cohesion and a political reckoning with the structural discrimination and ethnocentricism which renders non-citizens as ‘guests of the nation’. Of course, you can’t adapt a nation without stoking some rows, and Fanning’s book is eager to call out what he sees as inadequate trajectories of critical thought and political re-imagining; the ‘blithe’ and mechanistic transpositions of ‘racial state’ theory, the lingering hubris of modernisation, the expansive insularity of Irish Studies. There is much to admire in his field of engagement, and much to disagree with in the engagements themselves.
Collections Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Subject = Arts, Celtic Studies & Philosophy
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Subject = Arts, Celtic Studies & Philosophy: English, Media & Theatre Studies
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