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Narratives of Conflict, Belonging, and the State, Discourse and Social Life in Post-War Ireland

"Using key perspectives from linguistic anthropology, Discourse, Conflict, and Belonging in Post-War Ireland illuminates how social actors take up the ideals of law, equality, and democratic representation in locally-meaningful ways to make their own national history in ways that may perpetuate violence and inequality. Focusing specifically on post-war conditions in Ireland, French contextualizes commonplace practices by which citizens are made to learn the gap between official membership in and political belonging to a democratic state. Each chapter takes up a different aspect of state authority and power to constitute citizenship, to enact laws, to mediate conflict, and to create histories in the context of social inequalities and political hostilities. This book is an excellent ethnographic addition to courses in linguistic anthropology, giving readers the opportunity to explore applications and ramifications of key theoretical text within research."--Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Introduction : telling and re-telling anthropological tales of states and conflicts -- Transforming the legal system : expert knowledge and the promise of equality -- Disciplining gendered citizenship in the courtroom -- In loco parentis : embodied punishment and the state in the classroom -- The unwritten law, legibility, and land conflicts -- War commemorations, the IRA, and an uncertain future -- Conclusion : legacies of conflict, violence, and the state
Literary Form
non fiction
First edition.
Physical Description
1 online resource (139 pages).
Specific Material Designation
Form Of Item

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