Racism and social change in the Republic of Ireland

By Bryan Fanning

Racism and social change in the Republic of Ireland

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6471-5
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: October 2002
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Political oppression & persecution, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Social discrimination & inequality, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations, Political oppression & persecution, Social discrimination & equal treatment, Politics


In the last decade Irish society has visibly changed with the emergence of new immigrant communities of black and ethnic minorities. Argues that Ireland was never immune from the racist ideologies that governed relationships between the 'west and the rest' despite a history of colonial anti-Irish racism. Draws upon a number of academic disciplines, focusing on the relationship between ideological forms of racism and its consequences upon black and ethnic minorities. Sets out an invaluable critique of racism in Irish society. Chapters on nation-building, Ireland's response to the Holocaust, refugees and asylum seekers, the politics of Traveller exclusion and multiculturalism in Ireland examine the mechanics of exclusion resulting from institutional racism within political.


1. Introduction
2. Racism in Ireland
3. Nation-building and exclusion
4. Ireland and the Holocaust
5. Refugees and asylum seekers
6. The politics of Traveller exclusion
7. The legacy of anti-Traveller racism
8. Multiculturalism in Ireland


Bryan Fanning is Lecturer in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at University College Dublin

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