Family stories, public silence: Irish identity construction amongst the second-generation Irish in England

Walter, Bronwen and Morgan, Sarah and Hickman, Mary J. and Bradley, Joseph M. (2002) Family stories, public silence: Irish identity construction amongst the second-generation Irish in England. Scottish Geographical Journal. ISSN 1470-2541

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Abstract

Formal narratives of history, especially that of colonial oppression, have been central to the construction of national identities in Ireland. But the Irish diasporic community in Britain has been cut off from the reproduction of these narratives, most notably by their absence from the curriculum of Catholic schools, as result of the unofficial 'denationalisation' pact agreed by the Church in the 19th century (Hickman, 1995). The reproduction of Irish identities is largely a private matter, carried out within the home through family accounts of local connections, often reinforced by extended visits to parent/s 'home' areas. Recapturing a public dimension has often become a personal quest in adulthood, 'filling in the gaps'. This paper explores constructions of narratives of nation by a key diasporic population, those with one or two Irish-born parents. It places particular emphasis on varying regional/national contexts within which such constructions take place, drawing on focus group discussions and interviews for the ESRC-funded Irish 2 Project in five locations — London, Glasgow, Manchester, Coventry and Banbury.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Citation: Walter, B., Morgan, S., Hickman, M.J. & Bradley, J.M., 2002. Family stories, public silence: Irish identity construction amongst the second-generation Irish in England, Scottish Geographical Journal, 118(3), pp. 201-217..
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2010 13:53
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 12:48
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/114745

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