Ethnicity and Irish residential distribution

Walter, Bronwen (1986) Ethnicity and Irish residential distribution. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 11 (2). pp. 131-146. ISSN 1475-5661

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The link between residential and social differentiation remains an acknowledged 'research gap'. This paper uses the empirical study of recent Irish settlement in Luton, England, to elucidate the processes leading to residential clustering and relate them to ethnic identity. This settlement must be seen in the context of labour migration, in which the Irish were formerly a 'racialized' fraction of the British working class. Census data highlight substantial Irish clusters at the core and in specific suburbs of the town. However, these cannot be explained in terms of choice/constraint mechanisms. Instead they are the by-product of cultural characteristics, notably Catholic Church affiliation. The Irish in Luton remain a socially distinct sub-group within the working class, but neighbourhood appears to play little part in the retention of 'Irishness'

Item Type: Journal Article
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences (until September 2018)
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Date Deposited: 30 May 2013 13:14
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