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Monday, October 25, 2004
Off-Topic: Ireland's Struggle to Hold Onto Identity
Interesting article in the NYT on Ireland's traditional ceili music, and the struggle to keep it alive amid continued globalization.
Twenty-five years ago, the idea of a cosmopolitan Ireland that would need more than the pubs to keep its musical heritage alive might have seemed far-fetched. But now waiters in Dublin seem to come from anywhere but Ireland, and Filipino nurses walk the hospital halls. For the third year in a row, A. T. Kearney and Foreign Policy magazine have picked Ireland as the world's most globalized country. So the Irish are investing time and money to hang onto their Irish identity.

posted by CB @ 8:45 AM  
1 Comments:
  • At 1:49 AM, Blogger Heather Holbrooks-Kuratek said…

    For an interesting research paper relating to this, read THE EXPANDING NATION: TOWARDS A MULTI-ETHNIC IRELAND, published in conjunction with a conference held at Trinity College Dublin in 1998.

    http://www.tcd.ie/Sociology/mphil/mphil_site/dwnl/expanding_nation.pdf.

    It deals with the effect of immigration/globaliztion on Irish identity, ethnicity, and nationalism.

     
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