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Reluctant diasporas of Northern Ireland: Migrant narratives of home, conflict, difference

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Devlin Trew, Johanne (2010) Reluctant diasporas of Northern Ireland: Migrant narratives of home, conflict, difference. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 36 (4). pp. 541-560. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691830903520424

DOI: 10.1080/13691830903520424

Abstract

This article discusses diaspora with specific regard to Northern Ireland as a contestedhomeland, now vaunted as a post-conflict zone. Taking a practice-led approach,I examine evidence of diasporic consciousness and transnational practices through life narrative interviews with migrants from Northern Ireland during two studies oncontemporary migration (200408). I conclude that developing a sense of belonging tothe Irish diaspora may be problematic for Catholics, Protestants and others originatingwithin the contested space of Northern Ireland. I suggest that studying local and familydiasporas in the Irish context, with a focus on individual agency, may ultimately be moreuseful in understanding migration and its impact on processes of identity formation.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Northern Ireland; migration; life narratives; diaspora; home
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Faculty of Arts > Institute of Ulster Scots Studies
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
ID Code:13158
Deposited By:Dr Johanne Devlin Trew
Deposited On:16 May 2010 14:01
Last Modified:06 Nov 2012 14:41

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