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‘Common-Sense Citizenship’, ‘Citizenship Tourism’ and Citizenship Education in an Era of Globalisation: The Case of Ireland During the Celtic Tiger Era


This chapter examines state-crafted strategies for ‘managing diversity’ in Ireland during the so-called ‘Celtic Tiger’ era (Blommaert & Verschueren 1998, p. 11), which lasted from the mid-1990s until the global economic downturn of 2008. It focuses on two seemingly disparate dimensions of diversity management which came to dominate the legislative and educational domains during this period, namely, the state’s efforts to curtail the automatic right to citizenship to certain children born in Ireland, as well as statutory attempts to manage the negative side-effects of unaccepted diversity through educational initiatives designed to ‘celebrate’ and ‘respect’ diversity and alleviate racism.