Book Review: Racism and Anti-Racism in Ireland

Book Review: Racism and Anti-Racism in Ireland Racism and Anti-Racism in Ireland Ronit and Robbie McVeigh Lentin (editor) Beyond the Pale Publications: Belfast 2002 1900960168 (pb) £10.99 vi +248 Order this book? In a context where “I’m not racist, but” is still more preface than parody, Ronit Lentin and Robbie McVeigh’s challenging volume provides a significant overview of pressing debates for Irish society, and perhaps more importantly, a critique of the terms on which some of those debates are currently being conducted. As the 1990s progressed, substantially increased yet relatively minor flows of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers to Ireland generated both a raft of depressingly familiar institutional and individual reactions to the economic and cultural consequences of the ‘flood’, and a robust response from civil society, activists and researchers. This book aims to build on what has become a steady stream of recent publications and provide a central text for students and a wider ‘interested’ readership. In this it is largely successful, if marginally less so in negotiating a relationship between the types of writing it brings together. Standing at almost one-fifth of the book, Lentin and McVeigh’s introduction opens with sobering vignettes of racist attacks and political opportunism that has, they argue, elevated concern about http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sociological Research Online SAGE

Book Review: Racism and Anti-Racism in Ireland

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SAGE
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© 2004 SAGE Publications and the British Sociological Association
ISSN
1360-7804
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1360-7804
D.O.I.
10.1177/136078040400900207
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Racism and Anti-Racism in Ireland Ronit and Robbie McVeigh Lentin (editor) Beyond the Pale Publications: Belfast 2002 1900960168 (pb) £10.99 vi +248 Order this book? In a context where “I’m not racist, but” is still more preface than parody, Ronit Lentin and Robbie McVeigh’s challenging volume provides a significant overview of pressing debates for Irish society, and perhaps more importantly, a critique of the terms on which some of those debates are currently being conducted. As the 1990s progressed, substantially increased yet relatively minor flows of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers to Ireland generated both a raft of depressingly familiar institutional and individual reactions to the economic and cultural consequences of the ‘flood’, and a robust response from civil society, activists and researchers. This book aims to build on what has become a steady stream of recent publications and provide a central text for students and a wider ‘interested’ readership. In this it is largely successful, if marginally less so in negotiating a relationship between the types of writing it brings together. Standing at almost one-fifth of the book, Lentin and McVeigh’s introduction opens with sobering vignettes of racist attacks and political opportunism that has, they argue, elevated concern about

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Sociological Research OnlineSAGE

Published: May 1, 2004

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