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The 2004 Irish Citizenship Referendum: A Matter of Common Sense?. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 1911849
  • February 2009
  • Region: Ireland
  • 128 Pages
  • VDM Publishing House
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In recent years, as globalisation has extended its
reach, a tendency towards closure against ‘Third
World’ immigrants has emerged in ‘First World’
countries. The expression ‘Fortress Europe’
metaphorically captures this phenomenon.
Accordingly, many European countries have pursued
restrictive measures in the field of immigration
policy combined with a reformulation of citizenship
and nationality law. The 2004 Irish Citizenship
Referendum is in line with this trend. This research
critically considers this event from a discursive
perspective. It explores the Irish government’s
ideological construction of the ‘problem’ by looking
into its propaganda discourses for the ‘yes’ vote,
thanks to the insights offered by the Critical
Discourse Analytical paradigm. More generally,
this book stresses the importance of the
contribution of language to the production,
maintenance and change of social relations of power.
The analysis carried out in this publication should
be particularly relevant not only for students in
the Social Sciences field, but also for media
professionals, politicians and the public in

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Silvia, Brandi.
Silvia Brandi holds a degree in Ancient Classics from the
University of Padua. She took a Masters degree in Applied
Social Studies at University College Cork, Ireland, where she is
currently working on doctoral research and is a tutor in Social

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