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Global Dimensions of Irish IdentityRace, Nation, and the Popular Press, 1840-1880$
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Cian T. McMahon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469620107

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620107.001.0001

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(p.179) Conclusion
Global Dimensions of Irish Identity

Cian T. McMahon

University of North Carolina Press

This concluding chapter discusses the continuing development of Irish global nationalism, more specifically identifying it as a multivalent discourse, featuring a paradoxical blend of ethnic solidarity and civic pluralism. The story of Irish nationalism thus presents some very powerful implications for modern history, as the Irish identity remains mutable in the face of social dislocation. Coupled with the prevalence of the nineteenth-century popular press (and its successor in the Internet), the Irish diaspora becomes a discourse on modern society, where questions of race, skin color, nationality, and so on, often fail to fit into neat categories of belonging and identity. Ultimately, race and nations become mere social constructs designed to express and legitimize power relations.

Keywords:   Irish global nationalism, ethnic solidarity, civic pluralism, social dislocation, power relations, race, modern society, modern history, nineteenth-century popular press

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