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An Anthropology of the Irish in Belgium

Belonging, Identity and Community in Europe


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Sean O’ Dubhghaill
    Pages 1-22
  3. Sean O’ Dubhghaill
    Pages 23-55
  4. Sean O’ Dubhghaill
    Pages 93-123
  5. Sean O’ Dubhghaill
    Pages 155-179
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 181-209

About this book


The first anthropological account of the Irish diaspora in Europe in the 21st century, this book provides a culture-centric examination of the Irish diaspora. Focusing less on an abstract or technical definition of Irish self-identification, the author allows members of this group to speak through vignettes and interview excerpts, providing an anthropological lens that allows the reader to enter a frame of self-reference. This book therefore provides architecture to understand how diasporic communities might understand their own identities in a new way and how they might reconsider the role played by mobility in changing expressions of identity. Providing firsthand, experiential and narrative insight into the Irish diaspora in Europe, this volume promises to contribute an anthropological perspective to historical accounts of the Irish overseas, theoretical works in Irish studies, and sociological examinations of Irish identity and diaspora.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Social SciencesKU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

About the authors

Sean O’Dubhghaill is an affiliated researcher at KU Leuven, Belgium, where he teaches Anthropology of Travel and researches European identity with respect to the Irish diaspora.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title An Anthropology of the Irish in Belgium
  • Book Subtitle Belonging, Identity and Community in Europe
  • Authors Sean O’ Dubhghaill
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-24146-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-24149-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-24147-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 209
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Anthropology
    Sociology of Culture
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