Discourses of diasporic responsibility in Ireland: The modern moment and the discursive costs of moving

Authors

  • Aaron Thornburg Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University, Durham, NC,

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v6i1.85

Keywords:

Celtic Tiger, diasporic responsibility, immigration discourse, Irish emigration, immigration to Ireland

Abstract

In this paper, I offer a critical reflection regarding the rhetorical employment of an analogy between mid-nineteenth-century, Famine-age emigrants from Ireland and non-Irish-national immigrants that have been increasingly present in the Republic of Ireland since the mid-1990s. While this discursive device is considered to be politically correct, cosmopolitan, and/or accepting of recent migrants to Ireland, I maintain that drawing the comparison between Famine-age and earlier emigrants from Ireland and current-day immigrants to the island supports the characterization of non-Irish-national residents as less than modern and incapable of integration into Irish society. 

How to Cite

Thornburg, A. (1). Discourses of diasporic responsibility in Ireland: The modern moment and the discursive costs of moving. Migration Letters, 6(1), 37-47. https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v6i1.85