Women and the Irish Diaspora by Breda Gray

By Breda Gray

Girls and the Irish Diaspora appears on the altering nature of nationwide and cultural belonging either between girls who've left eire and those that stay. It identifies new methods of considering Irish modernity by way of having a look in particular at women's lives and their studies of migration and diaspora. according to unique learn with Irish girls either in eire and in England, this booklet explores how questions of mobility and stasis are recast alongside gender, type, racial and generational strains. via analyses of representations of 'the robust Irish mother', migrant girls, 'the worldwide Irish kin' and megastar tradition, Breda grey extra unravels a few of the complicated relationships among femininity and Irish modernity(ies).

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This martyred figure is caricatured in Nora’s (a single woman who worked as a senior civil servant) joke. ’ And the answer is ‘Don’t mind me I’m all right in the dark’. This is very true, just grin and bear it. It might be strong but it’s endurance. And I think it’s like the martyr, I’ve put up with it all. Irish women are strong in the sense that they have succeeded against the odds, but I don’t think that they have asserted themselves.

15 In the 1980s, Irish modernity was marked by paradoxical relationships to questions of sexual morality, marriage and the family; while typical of ‘liberal European patterns’, there was also an ‘adherence to traditional conservative values’ (Whelan 1994: 214). Individualism and liberal economic discourses of the national challenged the ideology of the ‘traditional Irish family’, but did not undermine it. It re-circulated in New Right anti-abortion and anti-divorce campaigns in the 1980s and 1990s in which gender relations and women’s bodies became the markers of Irish specificity and authenticity.

Practices and institutions of modernity such as industrialisation, urbanisation and state craft have different histories, conditions of emergence and effects in different parts of the world (and even in different parts of the same country) so that instead of speaking of modernity, it may be more accurate to speak of multiple modernities. For example, in different modern societies, traditions and religious practice persist in diverse configurations alongside modernising forces and are often sustained by these forces.

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