ABSTRACT

The contemporary concept of intersectionality is often credited to the extensive and often interweaving work of contemporary Black feminism, critical legal studies, and postcolonial studies (Crenshaw 1991; Brah and Phoenix

2004). It provides a resource for analyses of identity constellations emergent in particular school moments transnationally (Youdell 2006), and simultaneously informs analysis of overt policy texts (e.g., Irish interculturalism) and their underpinning subtexts (e.g., Irish nationalism; Bryan 2008). In this chapter, my aim is to critically explore schooled identities in a context of rapid mass immigration to Ireland, using poststructural, intersectional perspectives. My broad critical objective, in common with many texts that use similar tools, is to show that racism can be interrupted by dynamically contextualizing and unravelling what types of subjectivities are made possible, privileged and excluded in different contexts, and by interrogating the multifaceted, continuous ways in which subjects construct Self and Other in these contexts (Fanon, 2000; Youdell 2006).