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Constituting Identity

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Patrick HanafinBirbeck College, University of London

ISBN13: 9780754621386
ISBN: 0754621383
Published: January 2002
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This volume attempts to analyze the contradictory notions of citizenship posited by postcolonial Irish constitutional discourse. In the postcolonial period of Ireland's history, Irish citizenship has been marked by a conflict between foundational nationalist notions of the nation and a more liberal narrative of individual autonomy. This splintering into competing class, economic and other identity positions is at odds with the search for an Ireland, uncomplicated, cohesive and immutable.;Patrick Hanafin does not set out to find a single definition as to what it means to be an Irish citizen, but rather to try and understand the different definitions already available. He analyzes ""Irishness"" within the context of culture and the law in Ireland and considers how representative the constitution, drawn up by individuals, is when reflecting Ireland as a whole.

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Introduction - represent(n)ation in the constitutional text; origi(n)ation - the problem of the subject in the constitutional text; of manifestos and mamafesta's - gender in(g) the new Ireland; quare nation - lesbion and gay citizenship in postcolonial law and literature; d(en)ying narratives - law, bioethics and identity; terri(s)tory - nation and territory in Irish constitutional discourse; renarr(n)ation - the constitution and the limits of Irish identity.