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Of Irish Descent addresses these questions by exploring the contemporary significance of ideas of ancestral roots, origins, and connections. Moving from the intimacy of family stories and reunions to ...
Of Irish Descent addresses these questions by exploring the contemporary significance of ideas of ancestral roots, origins, and connections. Moving from the intimacy of family stories and reunions to disputed state policies on noble titles and new scientific accounts and applications of genetic research, Nash traces the place of ancestry in these interconnected geographies of identity-familial, ethnic, national, and diasporic. Underlying these different practices and narratives are potent and profoundly political questions: "Who counts as Irish?," "Who belongs in Ireland?" and "To whom does Ireland belong?"
Examining tensions between ideas of plurality and commonality, difference and connection that run through the culture and science of ancestral origins, Of Irish Descent is an original and timely exploration of new configurations of nation and diaspora as communities of shared descent.
1 Introduction: Origin Stories 1
2 Special Affinities: Ethnic Origins and Diasporic Irishness 26
3 Irish Roots and Relatives: Return, Reciprocity, and Relatedness 67
4 Postcolonial Nobility, Diasporic Distinction, and the Politics of Recognition 104
5 Of Ulster Stock: Native, Settler, and Entangled Roots in Northern Ireland 139
6 Irish Origins, Celtic Origins: Population Genetics, Cultural Politics 181
7 Irish DNA: Genetic Distance and Connection in Diasporic Genealogies 219
8 Conclusion 264