Globalisation, Guinness and the Production of Irishness
Chapter 6. The Diasporic Pub: Racism, Authenticity and Hybridity
The capacity to live with difference is, in my view, the coming question of the twenty-first century.
(Hall 1993: 361)
As we sat drinking pints of Guinness in the Starting Gate Pub in Queens, New York, one of the members of the focus group asked to remain anonymous if I used the story he was about to tell. He seemed concerned that someone might overhear, and while telling the story he seemed fearful of being caught recalling the event.
Cormac described an interview for a construction job some months earlier in an Irish pub in Boston. On arrival in the pub, he was greeted in Gaelic (Irish). He wasn’t a fluent Irish speaker but he managed to understand and reply, and the entire interview was conducted in Irish. He didn’t get the job because the company had an unwritten policy, which meant that they only recruited men from Connemara, a region on the west coast of Ireland.
(Cormac, The Starting Gate, Queens, New York 1997) ← 123 | 124 →
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