Strangers in a strange land? (Re)constructing ‘Irishness’ in a northern English town

Noel Gilzean, James W. McAuley

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This is a case study of the social and physical construction of an ‘Irish’ Community in an English town. It asks how or why members of this Community migrated and how they construct contemporary images of ‘home ’. The article draws on semi-structured interviews and conversations with members of the contemporary lrish Community in Huddersfield, including Irish-born and second-generation Irish respondents. We find that their sense of Irish identity is complex, encompassing the totality of social experience, much of which is influenced by often competing interpretations of social and political relationships and understandings of history What constitutes Irish identity in Huddersfield is determined not just by these factors, but also by the ways in which individuals are socialised as members of different families, neighbourhoods, workplace or other social interest groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-76
Number of pages23
JournalIrish Journal of Sociology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2002


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