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Irish Catholic Identities$
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Oliver P. Rafferty

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097317

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097317.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Irish Catholic Identities

Oliver P. Rafferty

Manchester University Press

The introduction initially sets out the main theoretical issues that the topic of Irish Catholic identities gives rise to. It address ideas such as ‘historico-myth consciousness’, and asks if the idea of myth is more truly representative of identity that the historical reality itself. Identities are constructed for purposes of inclusion and exclusion and such construction is the result of long and complex processes. For any given group these are predicated on common historical experiences but are also formed within the context of a literary articulation in any given culture. Having briefly addressed these and related topics the introduction then briefly summarises the chapters which follow.

Keywords:   Myth history identity

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