The limitations of whiteness and the boundaries of Englishness: second-generation Irish identifications and positionings in multiethnic Britain
journal contributionposted on 2023-07-26, 13:08 authored by Bronwen Walter, Mary J. Hickman, Sarah Morgan, Joseph M. Bradley
The focus of this article is the second-generation Irish in England. It is based on data collected as part of the Irish 2 project, which examined processes of identity formation amongst the second-generation Irish population in England and Scotland. The article examines and maps identifications and positionings of second-generation Irish people and discusses how two hegemonic domains - Ireland and England - intersect in the lives of the children of Irish-born parents, with material and psychological consequences. Their positionings in multiethnic Britain are compared with those of ‘visible’ minority ethnic groups, and their narratives of belonging and non-belonging are analysed in terms of the limitations of whiteness and the boundaries of Englishness.
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