The Stranger in ourselves: Irelands others

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This volume is an attempt to give a voice to the voiceless, the hidden Irish, the migrant, the nomad, the 'new' Irish and the immigrant - those communities whose languages and cultures run - unnoticed sometimes - like the underground stream that continues to enrich Irish culture and the culture of the Irish diaspora. It is also an effort to acknowledge those people who have frequently found themselves on the margins of society and whose registers and histories have more often than not been ignored or erased from the historical record. The Irish Traveller community scores high on all indicators of social disadvantage relating to health, unemployment, education, and early child and adult mortality - as do the Roma (Gypsies) who number at least twelve million people worldwide. While the Porrajmos (Holocaust) - with estimates of deaths ranging between 400,000 and 1.5 million Roma - is the most infamous example of anti-Roma prejudice, it is generally acknowledged that the collapse of the communist governments of Eastern Europe has rekindled anti-Roma sentiment in Eastern and Western Europe. Both Irish Travellers and Roma have had very little input into the manner in which their histories have been 'constructed' with the consequence that they have often been translated into a dramatic spectacle of cultural Otherness incorporating discursive strategies, popular stereotypes and an array of suspicions and superstitions. This book is an attempt to usurp this traditional and reductionist position.

This volume is an eclectic mix of brief life-history narratives from a number of Travellers themselves (such as the contributions from Bridgie Casey, Chantelle O'Reilly, and Willy Cauley - all of whom live in Limerick); and longer more academically oriented essays on areas as diverse as Travellers in England (Colm Power), culture (Mícheál Ó hAodha), language (St. John Ó Donnabháin), education and access (John Heneghan), publishing (Anna Farmar), literature (Paul Delaney), and identity (David O'Donnell). Moreover it includes an essay in Irish/Gaelic (Mícheál Ó hAodha), a translation from the Irish/Gaelic (Seán MacMathúna) and inclusion of French-Arab/African (St. John Ó Donnabháin) and Spanish Roma Gitanos (Dagmar Reschke) perspectives.