Ronit Lentin, 'All I have to do is dream?' Re-greening Irish integrationism, Translocations, 6, 2, 2010
Translocations; 6; 2;
Contemporary Ireland had moved from the discovery – during the 1997 European Year
against Racism – that racism is indeed an Irish problem, to euphemisms such as
interculturalism, transculturalism, integration and cultural diversity. Up until the last
throes of Celtic capitalism, the dominant narrative was one of failed European
multiculturalism and the suggestion that ‘we’ were getting it right while other EU states
were getting bogged down in assimilationism and multiculturalism – both seen as failed
migrant integration technologies. However, as the economy sinks, these discourses have
totally disappeared from the public radar, as integration and immigration become vague
memories of better times, or discourses of renewed competition for what are clearly
scarce resources. At the same time, race and racism are becoming unspeakable, spoken
only by the white, settled, Christian Irish advocates of solidarity and ‘interculturalism’,
making no space for the racialised to partake in the antiracist conversation.
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