Brand New Ireland? – Tourism, Depelopment and National Identity in the Irish Republic


brand new ireland - tourism depelopment and national identity in the irish republic?Brand New Ireland? – Tourism, Depelopment and National Identity in the Irish Republic
Author: M. Clancy
Publisher: Ashgate
Publication date: 2009
Number of pages: 176
Format: pdf
Size: 1,37 MB

What role does the state have over national development within an increasingly globalized economy? Moreover, how do we conceive ‘nationality’ during periods of rapid economic and social change spurred on by globalization? By examining tourism in the Republic of Ireland over the past 20 years, Michael Clancy addresses these questions of national identity formation, as well as providing a detailed understanding of the political economy of tourism and development.
Firstly, he explores the role that tourism has played in Ireland’s dramatic economic transformation from the ‘poor man of Europe’ to one of the richest. While many lessons have been taken from the so-called ‘Celtic Tiger’ to be applied to other developing nations, the role that tourism has played has been largely ignored. This book argues that tourism played an important part in this success. Clancy also locates tourism within broader theoretical debates regarding development, specifically on the role of the state and globalizing industries.

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