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    Dublin, modernity and the postcolonial spatial fix

    Kearns, Gerard (2006) Dublin, modernity and the postcolonial spatial fix. Irish Geography, 39. pp. 177-183. ISSN 0075-0778

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    This book makes an impressive postcolonial and geographical contribution to Irish Studies, and one which raises, as I shall explore below, important questions about the relations between cities and modernity. Postcolonial perspectives on Ireland rest upon three main claims1. First, that for much of its history, Ireland was a British colony. Secondly, that colonial subjects have constricted agency and hybrid identities; what they can do is limited by the colonial power and what they aspire to is formed in part by that same power. Finally, to adopt a postcolonial perspective is to search for the ways post-Independence Ireland was shaped by the legacies of colonialism. Revisionist scholars, argues Kincaid, ignore 'the legacy of Ireland's long history of underdevelopment and the difficult circumstances out of which the new nation was born' and blame Ireland's problems instead upon the persistence of nationalist ideologies.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Dublin; modernity; postcolonial; spatial fix;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 8653
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    Depositing User: Gerry Kearns
    Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2017 09:10
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Geography
    Publisher: Geographical Society of Ireland
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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