Laurie Taylor talks to Mark Maguire about his study of Vietnamese immigrants in Ireland. Ireland, he suggests, has a poor history of resettling refugees and the treatment of Vietnamese immigrants when they first arrived in Ireland in 1979 is evidence of this. The study explores the notion of identity and belonging, examining the liminal identity of the first generation of immigrants and comparing this to the attitudes of the second generation.
Mark Maguire is a senior tutor in the Department of Anthropology at the National University of Ireland in Maynooth and is presenting his study to the Race and State conference, Trinity College, Dublin.
Giving and receiving gifts is usually seen as an important part of building and maintaining personal social relationships. They are also important as material memories of special occasions, such as birthdays, weddings or Christmas.
But is receiving gifts problematic? What do you do with a present you don't like and how difficult is it to throw it away?
Laurie Taylor is joined by Rachel Hurdley author of a research paper entitled Objecting Relations: the problem of the gift. They discuss the social function of gift giving and ask if the difficulty of finding a suitable gift can be solved by giving money or does it somehow make a nonsense of it all?
Senior Tutor, Department of Anthropology, National University of Ireland Maynooth
Mark Maguire's conference paper: The national disorder of things: Race, belonging and the Vietnamese-Irish
at the Race and State Conference, Trinity College, Dublin
Differently Irish: A Cultural History Exploring Twenty Five Years of Vietnamese-Irish Identity
Publisher: The Woodfield Press
Research Student at the School of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University
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