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BIFFOs, jackeens and Dagenham Yanks: county identity, “authenticity” and the Irish diaspora

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posted on 17.07.2013, 10:42 by Marc Donnchadh Scully
Despite being an everyday point of reference in Irish discourse, the extent to which the county serves as a locus of identification has been oddly overlooked in the Irish studies literature. In particular, the persistence of identification with the county of origin post-migration offers new insights on the construction and maintenance of identity within the Irish diaspora. Drawing on my PhD research on discourses of authenticity and identity among the Irish in England, this article investigates the ways in which county identity is invoked both by Irish migrants and those of Irish descent. It illustrates how the county is used as a rhetorical tool to situate the speaker within discourses of belonging and authenticity, but how this may also act as a constraint on the articulation of a collective, diasporic identity. It argues for a greater research focus on translocalism within the context of changing Ireland–diaspora relations.

History

Citation

Irish Studies Review, 2013, 21 (2), pp. 143-163

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF ARTS, HUMANITIES AND LAW/School of Historical Studies

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Irish Studies Review

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

issn

0967-0882

eissn

1469-9303

Copyright date

2013

Available date

03/01/2015

Publisher version

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09670882.2013.808874#.UlfkIRAraQI

Notes

This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Irish Studies Review, 2013, 21 (2), pp. 143-163 (© Taylor & Francis), available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09670882.2013.808874.

Language

en