Life History and the Irish Migrant Experience in Post-War England: Myth, Memory and Emotional Adaption - Manchester University Press (Hardback)Barry Hazley (author)
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What role does memory play in migrants' adaption to the emotional challenges of migration? How are migrant selfhoods remade in relation to changing cultural myths? This book, the first to apply Popular Memory Theory to the Irish Diaspora, opens new lines of critical enquiry within scholarship on the Irish in modern Britain. Combining innovative use of migrant life histories with cultural representations of the post-war Irish experience, it interrogates the interaction between lived experience, personal memory and cultural myth to further understanding of the work of memory in the production of migrant subjectivities. Based on richly contextualised case studies addressing experiences of emigration, urban life, work, religion, and the Troubles in England, chapters shed new light on the collective fantasies of post-war migrants and the circumstances that formed them, as well as the cultural and personal dynamics of subjective change over the life course. At the core of the book lie the processes by which migrants 'recompose' the self as part of ongoing efforts to adapt to the transition between cultures and places.
Life history and the Irish migrant experience offers a fresh perspective on the significance of England's largest post-war migrant group for current debates on identity and difference in contemporary Britain. Integrating historical, cultural and psychological perspectives in an innovative way, it will be essential reading for academics and students researching modern British and Irish social and cultural history, ethnic and migration studies, oral history and memory studies, cultural studies and human geography.
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
'This work is a refreshing analysis of the Irish in England that keeps the Irish people themselves in the foreground. [...] an original piece of work that sheds new light on the emotional and psychological aspects of Irish migrant life in England during this period. Hazley deserves credit for keeping the individual at the centre of an analysis where broad themes such as emigration, assimilation, and gender are explored, while also managing to emphasize wider patterns experienced by the Irish migrant community as a whole.'
Twentieth Century British History
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