The tourism nexus: Tourism and national identity since the Irish Civil War
The Tourism Nexus: Tourism and National Identity since the Civil War explores the relationship between tourism development and the evolution of Irish national identity since 1923, and seeks to explain why Irish identity has persisted even in an age of intense globalization. After defining nations as constantly re-imagined communities that are perpetuated through cross-community dialogue about both the defining characteristics of national membership and the common interests held by members of the nation, the dissertation argues that tourism emerged from the ashes of civil conflict to generate debate about both Ireland's “national interest” and the defining characteristics of Irishness. These dialogues included groups from across Irish society, nearly all of which assigned tourism a different meaning. While the implications of tourism were debated extensively, there was also considerable discussion about how Irish history should be presented, what Irish landscapes should look like, and which components of Irish culture should be emphasized. Over time, new traditions were invented, landscapes and townscapes reshaped, and new historical and memory sites developed, complete with narratives deemed suitable for communicating all that was “best” about the Irish character and culture. These constant re-evaluations assured that Irish identity underwent both subtle and major changes as circumstances warranted, providing festivals, historical narratives, and economic promises to match new realities.
Minority & ethnic groups;
0631: Minority & ethnic groups
0326: Cultural anthropology