Irish adventures in nation-building

By Bryan Fanning

Irish adventures in nation-building


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9323-8
  • Pages: 208
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £18.99
  • Published Date: February 2016
  • BIC Category: Humanities / British & Irish history, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, British and Irish Politics, Irish Studies, Sociology, Politics & government, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General


Irish Adventures in nation-building consists of eighteen mostly-chronological essays examining the debates and processes that have shaped the modernisation of Ireland since the beginning of the twentieth century. The vantage points examined include those of prominent revolutionaries, cultural nationalists, clerics, economists, sociologists, political scientists, public intellectuals, journalists, influential civil servants, political leaders and activists who weighed into debates about the condition of Ireland and where it was going. Topics considered range from why Patrick Pearse's ideas about education were ignored to why Ireland has been recently so open to large-scale immigration, from the intellectual conflicts of the 1930s to the future of Irish identity. This is a genuinely multi-disciplinary book that offers an accessible overview of how Ireland and what it means to be Irish has changed during the last century.


1. Adventures in nation building
2. In defence of methodological nationalism
3. Patrick Pearse predicts the future
4. Paul Cullen's devotional revolution
5. A Catholic vison of Ireland
6. Catholic intellectuals
7. The limits of cultural nationalism
8. Hidden Irelands, secret Irelands
9. Liberalism and The Bell
10. Behind the Erin curtain
11. The new young Irelanders
12. Women and social policy
13. New rules of belonging
14. Partisan reviews
15. Tales of two tigers
16. The sociology of boom and bust
17. Immigration, the Celtic Tiger and the economic crisis
18. The future of Irish identity
Select bibliography


Bryan Fanning is Professor in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at University College Dublin

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