This collection offers a multi-faceted investigation of the critical issue of the creation and place of the "e;Other"e; in Ireland. The extraordinarily rapid recent economic development of Ireland has effected a profound transformation in the island's social and cultural life. In the process, old verities and assumptions concerning the nature of Irish society and culture have been called into question, with a whole variety of new challenges coming to light. The developments of the last two decades have transformed questions of what and who constitutes the "e;Other"e; within Irish society, but in the process older societal faultlines based on gender, disability and religious difference have not disappeared and historical processes of "e;Othering"e; continue to play a critical role in influencing and moulding the social contours of the new Ireland of the twenty-first century. Drawing on a number of different disciplinary perspectives, this collection presents a number of key analyses of social and cultural practices and policies that reflect anxieties about and negotiations of these changes, examining historical and contemporary representation of fears about the porousness of national borders; the increasing racialization of the Irish state through social and juridical proscriptions, and the popular and official narrative of 'progress'.