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Moving Histories: Irish Women's Emigration to Britain from Independence to Republic - Reappraisals in Irish History 14 (Paperback)
  • Moving Histories: Irish Women's Emigration to Britain from Independence to Republic - Reappraisals in Irish History 14 (Paperback)
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Moving Histories: Irish Women's Emigration to Britain from Independence to Republic - Reappraisals in Irish History 14 (Paperback)

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Paperback 296 Pages / Published: 30/11/2018
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Moving Histories is the first book to detail the lives of women who left Ireland after independence. Drawing on a wide range of archival material, this book traces new narratives to bring original insights into the migration of thousands of Irish women in the twentieth century. Despite having a strong tendency to leave Ireland like men, women's migration to Britain has been less well studied. Yet Irish women could be found in all walks of life in Britain, from the more familiar fields of nursing and domestic service to teaching, factory work and more. This original study also considers the public commentary made about Irish women from the pulpit, press and politicians, who thought the women to be flighty, in need of guidance and prone to moral failures away from home. The repeated coverage of the `emigrant girl' in government memos and journals gave the impression Irish women were leaving for reasons other than employment. Moving Histories argues that the continued focus on Irish unmarried mothers in Britain was based on genuine concerns and a real problem, but such women were not representative. They were, rather, an indictment of the conservative socio-cultural environment of an Ireland that suppressed open discourse of sexuality and forced women to `hide their shame' in institutions at home and abroad.

Publisher: Liverpool University Press
ISBN: 9781789620191
Number of pages: 296
Dimensions: 239 x 163 mm

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