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A Negotiated Sharing of Space: Globalization, Borders, and Identity of African Asylum Seekers in Ireland

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Globalization has resulted in increased flow of people, including migrants and asylum seekers. Along with the movement of people, there is an increase in the fluidity and flow of culture: of ideas, values, and ideologies; of material culture; and ultimately of cultural identities. With globalization, the very way in which culture and identity are perceived is challenged. Cultural identity is to a large extent rewritten in its new spatiality, one that is flexible, transient, and variable. Both newcomers and the host community negotiate the space that shapes the process of integration as it defines the social/spatial ideology of inclusion and exclusion. Using an anthropological perspective, this chapter explores the case study of Ireland, recently having to deal with African migrants and asylum seekers. Ireland is an excellent context in which to examine the issues concerning migration, diversity, (in)equality, and social change around cultural notions of identity and space.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2009

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