In this essay, we are going to see the relationship between culture, religion and the identity in Ireland.
The first part of the essay focuses on the Irish culture. We are going to answer questions like: Does Ireland have a distinctive and homogeneous culture? What does it mean to be Irish today? Moreover, we will see if the modernization of the country has fundamental changes in their culture and whether the Irish people should be worried of the upcoming post-modernization.
In the second part of the essay, we are going to talk about religion and its grand influence on Irish people. We are going to examine if Ireland is still influenced by the Catholic Church and whether religion has a future in this country.
Finally, in the third part of the essay, we are going to study the phenomenon of globalization and its influence on countries, and on cultures and on identities.
[...] In the second part of the essay, we are going to talk about religion and its grand influence on Irish people. We are going to examine if Ireland is still influenced by the Catholic Church and whether religion has a future in this country. Finally, in the third part of the essay, we are going to study the phenomenon of globalization and its influence on countries, and on cultures and on identities. One nation, one culture? Definition of culture To an individual level, culture is the acquired knowledge, the instruction, the knowledge of a human being. [...]
[...] The theorist Anderson thinks that “such actions provide a social group with a sense of pride of their identity and a feeling of collective solidarity”. Acting like this helps the country to connect with the past events and build myths. Culture and nation in Ireland How can we know someone is Irish? Do people have to own an Irish passport, live in Ireland and speak Irish to be known as an Irish? How about the Irish emigrants who went to the USA centuries ago? [...]
[...] Sharing the same national culture will allow the country to have one basic culture for its nation state and help it to have a strong identity abroad. But is that theory true for Ireland? Even if the religion is a bit less important in Ireland, religiosity is still a salient feature of the Irish life and it is a key to the Irish culture and behavior. The Catholic Church has had a major role in the modernization of the society in the last fifty years. [...]
[...] Religion and identity In Ireland, religions are very important because people see it as a part of their identity. Indeed, McVeigh says: “religious identity remains the main signifier of ethnic difference in Ireland”. And what is surprising is that religion in Ireland has operated as an ethnic and cultural marker. People don't make belief or practice differences but insist more on the historical and political sides. Inter-cast or inter-religion marriages are not encouraged; Irish people prefer marrying a person from the same community. [...]
[...] Irish identity is very important and the Irish want it to be attractive. So the Irish want to create a real global Irish identity recognizable all around the world. Contrary to that globalized Irish identity, Irish people have differences of gender, social class, language, religion and regions between them. Globalization and culture Globalization is generally linked with homogenization and standardization when we talk about culture. Within a country, differences are minimized in order to create a single global culture. Some theorists think that globalization brings cultural changes and that process is completely normal. [...]
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