What's in a Name: The Dialectics of Diaspora and Irish Emigration

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Abstract

The sudden, if predictable, transformation of Ireland from its brief moment as an island of immigrants back into what for so long it always was, a nation of emigrants, demands the re-interrogation of a term that for a brief time came to seem a natural way to address Ireland’s global migrations. The application of the term diaspora to people of Irish descent living outside Ireland is, after all, of relatively recent date and replaces a term that has been quite resonant in the Irish vocabulary, namely, emigration. What is the cost, and what are the possible gains, of displacing a term that has colloquial resonance and some political charge as well as a considerable degree of social scientific and cultural history behind it?

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Creator
  • David Lloyd

Issue
  • 1

Number of Pages
  • 16

ISSN
  • 2372-2231

Publication Date
  • 2013-04

Publisher
  • Breac

Date Created
  • 2013-04-01

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Language
  • English

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doi:10.7274/R0XS5S9R

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