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Schools and the Politics of Religion and Diversity in the Republic of IrelandSeparate But Equal?$
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Karin Fischer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091964

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091964.001.0001

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The legacy of Catholic cultural nationalism and religious segregation

The legacy of Catholic cultural nationalism and religious segregation

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(p.11) 1 The legacy of Catholic cultural nationalism and religious segregation
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Schools and the Politics of Religion and Diversity in the Republic of Ireland
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Karin Fischer

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719091964.003.0002

Chapter 1 examines the influence and legacy of Gaelic-Catholic cultural nationalism on the Irish education system, showing that its main characteristics (Church control and denominational structures, patronage system, religious segregation, importance of religion in educational aims and contents up to the 1971 curriculum) reflect both 19th c. developments and the Irish Free State’s Catholic-cultural nationalism (post-independence education policies, 1937 Constitution, ‘fabricated cultural homogeneity’). It also shows that, contrary to popular belief, the denominational nature of the system itself and the ‘legality’ of religious discrimination within the system only date back to changes introduced in official education policy documents in the 1960s.

Keywords:   Gaelic-Catholic cultural nationalism, ‘Fabricated cultural homogeneity’, Church/State relations, Constitution, Church control, Education policy, Patronage system, Curriculum, Religious segregation, Religious discrimination

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