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Identity Politics, Belonging and Europe

  • Sean O’ Dubhghaill
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Abstract

This chapter takes its cue from the study of identity. It examines the meanings of Irishness, Europeanness and how identity has been conceptualised. The chapter examines the interplay between different concept-metaphors, or how we imagine things much larger than ourselves to be. Concept-metaphors can reduce complex phenomenon to intelligible wholes (such as ‘the Irish’, ‘Europe’ and others), and through them, we can attempt to lay bare the architectural underpinnings of the meaning of Irishness, European identity and the process of Europeanisation. The purpose of this chapter is to examine, with respect to the incredible swathe of literature on ‘European’ belonging, whether the Irish who establish a ‘community’ there are thought to incur the loss of their national belonging or identity in the process of becoming European. The focus of this chapter concerns the way in which the European citizen has been theorised, the meaning of Europeanisation to those involved in the project of European integration and the role mobility plays in anthropological representations of belonging.

Keywords

Irishness Identity Becoming European belonging Mobility 

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  • Sean O’ Dubhghaill
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  1. 1.Faculty of Social SciencesKU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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