Fanning, Bryan (2009) New Guests of the Irish Nation

Titley, Gavan (2009) Fanning, Bryan (2009) New Guests of the Irish Nation. Translocations: The Irish Migration, Race and Social Transformation Review, 5 (1). ISSN 2009-0420

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Bryan Fanning’s new book is a book in search of an argument, in three productive senses. A collection of essays written between 2001 and 2008, it presents the gradual accretion of conceptual possibilities adequate to the consequences of rapid transformative migration in the Republic of Ireland. As these conceptual resources develop over time, a more fundamental search emerges from their contours; for a situated normative project of what comes to be called ‘adaptive nation-building’, capable of promoting cultural recognition, future social cohesion and a political reckoning with the structural discrimination and ethnocentricism which renders non-citizens as ‘guests of the nation’. Of course, you can’t adapt a nation without stoking some rows, and Fanning’s book is eager to call out what he sees as inadequate trajectories of critical thought and political re-imagining; the ‘blithe’ and mechanistic transpositions of ‘racial state’ theory, the lingering hubris of modernisation, the expansive insularity of Irish Studies. There is much to admire in his field of engagement, and much to disagree with in the engagements themselves.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Structural discrimination; ethnocentricism; 'racial state'; 'guests of the nation'; asylum-seekers; 'participatory belonging';
Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies
Item ID: 2361
Depositing User: Gavan Titley
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2011 11:50
Journal or Publication Title: Translocations: The Irish Migration, Race and Social Transformation Review
Publisher: Dublin City University
Refereed: Yes

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