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

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posted on 20.11.2015, 14:46 authored by Marc 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. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Irish Studies Review

Volume

21

Issue

2

Pages

143 - 163

Citation

SCULLY, M.D., 2013. BIFFOs, jackeens and Dagenham Yanks: county identity, "authenticity" and the Irish diaspora. Irish Studies Review, 21 (2), pp. 143 - 163.

Publisher

© Taylor and Francis

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2013

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Irish Studies Review on 3rd July 2013, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09670882.2013.808874

ISSN

0967-0882

eISSN

1469-9303

Language

en