The Philadelphia Irish: Nation, Culture, and the Rise of a Gaelic Public Sphere (Hardcover)

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The Philadelphia Irish: Nation, Culture, and the Rise of a Gaelic Public Sphere (Hardcover)

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This book describes the flowering of the Irish American community and the 1890s growth of a Gaelic public sphere in Philadelphia, a movement inspired by the cultural awakening in native Ireland, transplanted and acted upon in Philadelphia’s robust Irish community. The Philadelphia Irish embraced this export of cultural nationalism, reveled in Gaelic symbols, and endorsed the Gaelic language, political nationalism, Celtic paramilitarism, Gaelic sport, and a broad ethnic culture.

Using Jurgen Habermas’s concept of a public sphere, the author reveals how the Irish constructed a plebian “counter” public of Gaelic meaning through various mechanisms of communication, the ethnic press, the meeting rooms of Irish societies, the consumption of circulating pamphlets, oratory, songs, ballads, poems, and conversation.

Settled in working class neighborhoods of vast spatial separation in an industrial city, the Irish resisted a parochialism identified with neighborhood and instead extended themselves to construct a vibrant, culturally engaged network of Irish rebirth in Philadelphia, a public of Gaelic meaning.
MICHAEL L. MULLAN is a professor of sociology at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. He was also the head men’s tennis team coach there for forty years where his teams won three N.C.A.A. Division III championships; he continues to be active on the international veteran’s tennis circuit. Mullan holds Ph.D.s in both sociology and history.
Product Details ISBN: 9781978815469
ISBN-10: 1978815468
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: July 16th, 2021
Pages: 246
Language: English
"Mullan is to be commended for his very impressive original study of Irish Philadelphia and the way that the people who migrated there from Ireland drew from their past to build their present. I strongly believe that readers will profit from his insights."
— Timothy McMahon

"?In this path-breaking work, Michael Mullan demonstrates the importance of studying the many links between the Irish American community in 1890s Philadelphia and the Irish cultural revival in Ireland. Mullan gives us a novel perspective with the concept of a Gaelic public sphere resulting from the meeting between the American milieu and the Irish roots. This is a compelling study, which should be required reading for all those who wish to understand how to write innovatively transnational cultural history."
— Enrico Dal Lago

"Mullan is to be commended for his very impressive original study of Irish Philadelphia and the way that the people who migrated there from Ireland drew from their past to build their present. I strongly believe that readers will profit from his insights."
— Timothy McMahon

"​In this path-breaking work, Michael Mullan demonstrates the importance of studying the many links between the Irish American community in 1890s Philadelphia and the Irish cultural revival in Ireland. Mullan gives us a novel perspective with the concept of a Gaelic public sphere resulting from the meeting between the American milieu and the Irish roots. This is a compelling study, which should be required reading for all those who wish to understand how to write innovatively transnational cultural history."
— Enrico Dal Lago