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Irish Catholic Identities
Author: Oliver P. Rafferty

ISBN: 9780719084959
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1 September 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 3.6
Description:
What does it mean to be Irish? Are the predicates Catholic and Irish so inextricably linked that it is impossible to have one and not the other? Does the process of secularization in modern times mean that Catholicism is no longer a touchstone of what it means to be Irish? Indeed was such a paradigm ever true? These are among the fundamental issues addressed in this work which examines whether distinct identity formation can be traced over time.

The book delineates the course of historical developments which complicated the process of identity formation in the Irish context, when by turns Irish Catholics saw themselves as battling against English hegemony or the Protestant Reformation. Was Irish Catholic identity in such circumstances simply a negative construct which severed to give some semblance of cultural coherence in an Ireland that was fundamentally changing? Without doubt the Reformation era cast a long shadow over how Irish Catholics would see themselves. But the process of identity formation was of much longer duration.

The twenty-two chapters of this work trace the elements which have shaped how the Catholic Irish...

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