Diasporas and ambiguous homelands : a perspective on the Irish border
|Title:||Diasporas and ambiguous homelands : a perspective on the Irish border||Authors:||Howard, Kevin||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2192||Date:||2006||Abstract:||This paper proposes a diaspora framework as a useful way of conceptualizing the relationship between the kin-state and northern Irish nationalists. The formation of diasporas is generally understood as being a consequence of migration. People migrate across borders and construct communities in their host states while maintaining a strong sense of linkage with the nation’s homeland. The homeland is central to diaspora. However, homelands are political constructs the parameters of which fluctuate. I argue that members of the northern nationalist community are outside the political homeland of their Irish co-ethnics as a result of boundary drawing rather than emigration. The paper highlights the rapidity with which the southern political elite consolidated southern statehood reflecting and further reinforcing a clear sense of north-south differentiation. Decades of divergent state building has further reinforced the relevance of the boundary in terms of southern ethnic identity, further emphasizing the rhetorical nature of calls of re-unification.||Funding Details:||Not applicable||Type of material:||Working Paper||Publisher:||University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies||Copyright (published version):||The author, 2006||Keywords:||Diaspora;Ireland;Migration;Boundaries||Subject LCSH:||Nationalists--Ireland
|Language:||en||Status of Item:||Not peer reviewed||Conference Details:||Revised version of a paper presented at the workshop on “The Irish border in perspective”, Queen’s University, Belfast, 1 October 2004, as part of the programme Mapping frontiers, plotting pathways: routes to North-South cooperation in a divided island.|
|Appears in Collections:||Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers|
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