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By Matt Cavanagh

ISBN-10: 0199265488

ISBN-13: 9780199265480

Nowadays nearly every body turns out to imagine it noticeable that equality of chance is at the least a part of what constitutes a good society. even as they're so imprecise approximately what equality of chance really quantities to that it will probably start to appear like an empty time period, a handy shorthand for how jobs (or for that subject collage areas, or positions of strength, or simply areas at the neighborhood activities workforce) could be allotted, no matter what that occurs to be. Matt Cavanagh deals a hugely provocative and unique new view, suggesting that the way in which we expect approximately equality and chance will be considerably replaced.

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199). In the literature of the Celtic Literary Revival the figure of the 'tinker' or wanderer was also sometimes used to critique the post-famine peasantry, which had allegedly departed from its Gaelic roots. Indeed, it has been suggested that for Yeats and his contemporaries, the 'tinkers and beggars and the unregarded poor, were the true heirs of the Ireland of the kings and the bards' (Raine 1981: 21). The use of the wanderer to represent the antithesis of what was considered to be the materialism, stultifying Catholicism, and repressed sexuality of post-famine Ireland was explicit in Lady Gregory's play The Travelling Man (Gregory 1970: 21-8), where Christ in the guise of a tramp was refused shelter and food by a rural woman.

Along with the issues raised by my participation in some of the more formal political events of the year, I was also very conscious of the initial wariness expressed by my Traveller neighbours about my researcher status. In the early days of my research I was often referred by Travellers to various settled people who they declared were 'experts' on Travellers and/or had books in their possession that had everything about Travellers already in them. When I persisted in my research some complained that I was writing a book from which I would make a lot of money.

This page intentionally left blank Chapter 1 Origins, Histories, and Anti-Traveller Racism Some of my ancestors went on the road in the Famine but more of them have been travelling for hundreds of years - we're not drop-outs like some people think. The Travellers have been in Ireland since St Patrick's time, there's a lot of history behind them though there's not much written down - it's what you get from your grandfather and what he got from his grandfather. 1 While some scholars eschew serious engagement with such accounts others have recognized their significance, not as statements of historical facts, but as socially constructed narratives that are produced by and in turn legitimate and/or contest particular identities and boundaries (Okely 1983).

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