Schools and the politics of religion and diversity in the Republic of Ireland

Separate but equal?

By Karin Fischer

Schools and the politics of religion and diversity in the Republic of Ireland


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9196-4
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: August 2016
  • BIC Category: Education, Education, Educational strategies & policy, Ireland, HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General, Central / national / federal government policies, EDUCATION / General, Educational Strategies & Policy, Ireland


This book focuses on the historical and current place of religion in the Irish education system from the perspective of children's rights and citizenship. It offers a critical analysis of the political, cultural and social forces that have shaped the system, looking at how the denominational model has been adapted to increased religious and cultural diversity in Irish society and showing that recent changes have failed to address persistent discrimination and the absence of respect for freedom of conscience. It relates current debates on the denominational system and the role of the State in education to competing narratives of national identity that reflect nationalist-communitarian or republican political outlooks. This book will be essential reading for students and researchers in the fields of education policy and Church/State relations in Ireland and will also engage non-academic audiences with an interest or involvement in Irish education.


Karin Fischer is Professor in Irish Studies at the University of Orléans


1. The legacy of Catholic cultural nationalism and religious segregation
2. Social upheavals and discourses on Irish identity: the place of religion
3. Education policy and social, cultural and religious diversity: what role for schools?
4. Citizenship v. religion in the school curricula of the 2000s
5. The 'national' school system: still denominational and private
6. Rights, segregation and discrimination
7. Schools, ethos and inclusion

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