Narratives of exclusion. Everyday accounts of ‘othering’ amongst the female Irish diaspora in Glasgow

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There has been much scholarly interest in researching the Irish Diaspora in Scotland in recent years. This has been conducted largely by quantitative sociologists who seek to ascertain whether structural disadvantages still impacts on the life-chances of one of Scotland’s largest ethnic groups. However, to date there has been little in the way of qualitative studies examining the actual experiences of people from an Irish Catholic heritage. This study has sought to address this methodological imbalance by conducting 25 life history interviews with women in Glasgow. Interviews were conducted using photo-elicitation techniques as it is considered an effective way at gaining insight into participant’s ‘life-worlds’. Currently in the analysis phase of the research process, the talk will share some of the emergent findings related to the themes of culture and identity. In particular, I will demonstrate that an anti-Irish-Catholic prejudice can create: ambivalence, or estrangement to participant’s sense of cultural belonging. For example, some of those who took part shortened their names to avoid being identified from an Irish Catholic background. Other participants told stories of strategically selecting when they would reveal their faith in public spaces. Overall it is hoped that this paper will add to a greater understanding of the lives of the Irish Diaspora in Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2017
EventBorders, Racism, and Resistance - Abertay University, Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Sep 2017 → …


ConferenceBorders, Racism, and Resistance
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period6/09/17 → …


  • feminism
  • culture
  • narrative analysis


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