Integration in Ireland

The everyday lives of African migrants

By Fiona Murphy and Mark Maguire

Integration in Ireland


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9742-3
  • Pages: 172
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: June 2015
  • BIC Category: Ireland, Society & social sciences / Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General, Sociology, Social & cultural anthropology, Anthropology, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
  • Series: New Ethnographies


The integration of new immigrants is one of the most important issues in Europe, yet not enough is known about the lives of migrants. This book draws on several years of ethnographic research with African migrants in Ireland, many of whom are former asylum seekers. Against the widespread assumptions that integration has been handled well in Ireland and that racism is not a major problem, this book shows that migrants are themselves shaping integration in their everyday lives in the face of enormous challenges.

The book, now available in paperback, will appeal to scholars and students interested in migration and ethnicity and to a general reading public interested in the stories of integration in Ireland. The book is situated within current anthropological theory and makes an important contribution, both theoretically and empirically, to understandings of the everyday and a site of possibility and critique.


The book is well written and provides a comprehensive window into the situations facing African migrants in Ireland in their quest to belong., Cati Coe, Rutgers University, Book reviews 245 Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 21, 211-258, 3 February 2015


Contents List
List of figures
1. Taxis, deregulation and racism in irish border towns
2. Inside the politics machine
3. Enchanting Ireland
4. Hallelujah Halloween
5. Miss Nigeria, and emergent forms of life
6. Conclusion


Fiona Murphy is Research Fellow at Queen's University Belfast

Mark Maguire is Lecturer in Anthropology at National University of Ireland, Maynooth

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