Local and national belonging in a globalised world : the case of contemporary Ireland

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Title: Local and national belonging in a globalised world : the case of contemporary Ireland
Authors: Inglis, Tom
Donnelly, Susie
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5160
Date: Nov-2011
Abstract: The question of place is becoming more important in an increasingly globalised, cosmopolitan world. Has the global flow of culture and the movement of people around the world meant a decline in the importance of place as a form of identity? Have local, regional and national identities lost their significance for people? The article begins to explore these key issues. In particular it looks at Ireland which, from the 1990s, moved from being relatively insular and homogeneous to becoming one of the most globalised societies. The authors use a mixed method approach. First they examine data from the International Social Survey Project (ISSP) to see if there is any evidence of a decline in identity with place, how this varies between rural and urban dwellers, and levels of age and education. They then use findings from a qualitative study to examine the complex ways in which people talk about and identify with place, where they were brought up, where they live now and being Irish. The findings show that level of identity with place is still strong in Ireland and in some cases is increasing. The authors argue that increased identification with the local is an equal and opposite reaction to globalisation.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Copyright (published version): 2011 Irish Journal of Sociology
Keywords: GlobalisationIrelandLocal and national identityPlace
DOI: 10.7227/IJS.19.2.9
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Sociology Research Collection

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