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Writing Europe: a Dialogue of Liminal Europeans

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Nic Craith, Máiréad (2009) Writing Europe: a Dialogue of Liminal Europeans. Social Anthropology, 17 (2). pp. 198-208. [Journal article]

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URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1469-8676.2009.00069.x/full

DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8676.2009.00069.x

Abstract

Migration has been a regular feature in Europe since before the Romans. However, an acceleration of this process in the 20th and 21st centuries has resulted in the breaking down of old affinities and alignments and the emergence of new formations that challenge traditional group definitions. Many Europeans experience strong senses of exclusion from the mainstream society to which they have migrated. Some have explored this challenge of liminality in writing. The essay focuses on auto/ethnographies that have been penned in a liminal context with particular reference to the concept of Europe. How do migrants translate their own memories and stories from one region of Europe into a new cultural setting? What is the composite picture of Europe that is created in these migrant writings and how significant is the experience of liminality?

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Ireland Europe writers liminality language
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Modern Languages
Research Institutes and Groups:Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute
ID Code:15761
Deposited By:Professor Mairead Nic Craith
Deposited On:22 Sep 2010 21:38
Last Modified:18 Mar 2014 14:01

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