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‘Out of the mouths of babes and innocents’..... children’s attitudes towards travellers

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Show simple item record O'Keeffe, Brendan O'Connor, Pat 2012-10-24T15:24:59Z 2012-10-24T15:24:59Z 2001
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This chapter looks at children’s attitudes towards Travellers. It focuses on children in fourth class in primary school (i.e. aged 9-11 years) since it is at this stage that they are likely to be aware of socially and culturally constructed differences, and most likely to reflect parental and community attitudes towards such groups. Racist attitudes are increasingly topical since, although Ireland remains one of the more racially and ethnically homogeneous societies in Europe, this situation is changing rapidly. The arrival of refugees, asylum seekers, guest-workers and others in the mid-1990s has added in a new way to the ethnic diversity of a country where, in 1996, just under 7% of the population were born outside Ireland (CSO, 1998). However, despite newspaper headlines referring to an ‘influx’ of asylum seekers, according to the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Ireland received just 25,000 refugees and asylum seekers in 1999: among the smallest numerically and per capita in the EU. The anecdotal evidence of many of these recent arrivals suggests that racist attitudes and behaviour are prevalent here. At an individual level many have experienced verbal and sometimes physical attacks; organised opposition to them has been mounted by some communities; while their treatment by the State has been severely criticised by senior legal figures. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Oak Tree Press en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Understanding Children: Changing Experiences and Family Forms, editors Cleary, Anne, Nic Giolla, Phádraig and Quin, Suzanne;2
dc.subject changing attitudes towards travellers en_US
dc.subject primary school en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.title ‘Out of the mouths of babes and innocents’..... children’s attitudes towards travellers en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/bookPart en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1112871

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