Migrants and Cultural Memory: The Representation of Difference

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This volume explores the discourses and representations that have circumvented the image that is the Traveller, the Roma (Gypsy) and migrant "Other". It is generally acknowledged that the globalisation and mass-media dissemination which characterise the current era have overseen a range of complex socio-cultural forces, many of which have blurred the once-reified borders of the post-Enlightenment, "modern," nation-state. Nowhere is this more evident than in the case of cultural diasporas and "traditionally" ...

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Overview

This volume explores the discourses and representations that have circumvented the image that is the Traveller, the Roma (Gypsy) and migrant "Other". It is generally acknowledged that the globalisation and mass-media dissemination which characterise the current era have overseen a range of complex socio-cultural forces, many of which have blurred the once-reified borders of the post-Enlightenment, "modern," nation-state. Nowhere is this more evident than in the case of cultural diasporas and "traditionally" nomadic groups such as Travellers, Roma and other migrant cultures. This book points to the ongoing reconfiguration of once-dominant cultural narratives and explores the manner whereby aspects of the migrant experience are themselves echoed in the increasingly hybrid and diverse discourses that characterise Western countries of the present day.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781443811149
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Dr. Micheal Hayes works at the University of Limerick where he lectures on two BA and MA courses (Memory and Belonging: Oral History Methodology and Rationale and Traveller/Roma and Migration History) in the Department of History. He has published more than thirty books on many aspects of Irish migration and on the history of the Irish Diaspora-including Irish Travellers: Representations and Realities (2006). He has also written fiction and poetry. Between 2006 and 2008 he was an AHRC scholar in the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Mícheál Ó hAodha vii

Chapter 1 Irish Travellers and "Country People": Folk Narrative and the Construction of Social Identity Fionnuala Carson Williams 1

Chapter 2 Extracts from "The Turn of the Hand": A Memoir from the Irish Margins Mary Warde 19

Chapter 3 An Brief Exploration of Shelta and some of it's Historical Functions Zara Power 27

Chapter 4 Irish-American Travellers: Some Historical Representations Yann Ryan 37

Chapter 5 Polish Gypsies: Aspects of the Roma Socio-Cultural Experience Marek Isztok Joanna Talewicz-Kwiatkowska 47

Chapter 6 Irish Travellers and the Legacy of the Stereotype: Some Considerations Tony Ryan 57

Chapter 7 The Music of the Rainey's Rediscovered: A Priceless Aspect of Irish Culture David Ryan 67

Chapter 8 Modernity, Diversity and the Question of a Shared Past: Two Irish Traveller Women Share Their Thoughts Maria Rieder 75

Chapter 9 Public Policy and Irish Travellers: Exclusionary Policies and Approaches Eleanor Carey 85

Chapter 10 Some Notes on Johnny Doran: The Irish Traveller and Uilleann Piper Extraordinaire David Tuohy Mícheál Ó hAodha 97

Contributors 109

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