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ERIC Number: EJ747547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
The Construction of National Identity through Primary School History: The Irish Case
Tormey, Roland
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v27 n3 p311-324 Jul 2006
Much recent sociological work on education makes reference to gender, sexual, ethnic, local and political "project" identities, yet there remains a need to bring the nation, and the state, back in; to also question the way in which "national" identities are constructed in a context of globalisation and localisation. Through an analysis of Irish primary history curriculum statements from 1971 and 1999, I identify some key features of the state's response to identity construction in a globalised context. They include a focus on pupils becoming skilled in reflexively producing identity, and a focus on a "boundless" globalised identity. These changes are not unproblematic. You will know all too well that Ireland is a country at war with its past--or, at least, with conflicting versions of its several pasts. But we are each of us in a struggle with those... on a much more deeply personal level than we sometimes know. (The character "Sr. Mary Rose Kennedy" in Joseph O'Connor's novel "Inishowen") (O'Connor, 2000, p. 42)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland