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An Anthropology of the Irish in Belgium

Belonging, Identity and Community in Europe

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  • A unique anthropological frame that privileges individual experiences of Irish diasporic identity
  • Examines “Irishness” as related to and distinct from “Europeanness”
  • Probes questions of authenticity, language, geography, culture, mobility, gender, and identity

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The first anthropological account of the Irish diaspora in Europe in the 21st century, this book provides a culture-centric examination of the Irish diaspora. Focusing less on an abstract or technical definition of Irish self-identification, the author allows members of this group to speak through vignettes and interview excerpts, providing an anthropological lens that allows the reader to enter a frame of self-reference. This book therefore provides architecture to understand how diasporic communities might understand their own identities in a new way and how they might reconsider the role played by mobility in changing expressions of identity. Providing firsthand, experiential and narrative insight into the Irish diaspora in Europe, this volume promises to contribute an anthropological perspective to historical accounts of the Irish overseas, theoretical works in Irish studies, and sociological examinations of Irish identity and diaspora.

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Social Sciences, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

    Sean O’ Dubhghaill

About the author

Sean O’Dubhghaill is an affiliated researcher at KU Leuven, Belgium, where he teaches Anthropology of Travel and researches European identity with respect to the Irish diaspora.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: An Anthropology of the Irish in Belgium

  • Book Subtitle: Belonging, Identity and Community in Europe

  • Authors: Sean O’ Dubhghaill

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-24146-9Published: 01 August 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-24149-0Published: 14 August 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-24147-6Published: 22 July 2019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 209

  • Number of Illustrations: 3 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Social Anthropology, Ethnography, Migration, Sociology of Culture

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