Irish women and the diaspora
Why they matter
in Women and Irish diaspora identities
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This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of Irish women and the diaspora. Women have featured, albeit intermittently, in writings about Irish emigration long before historians began to focus their scholarly efforts in that direction. The study of Irish women and the diaspora offers a lens on Irish society, and on countries where they settled, and considerable scope for comparative analysis of the impact of different cultures and societies on women's lives. Andy Bielenberg has alluded to 'the potential significance of the Irish Diaspora as customers for Irish linen in the USA in particular, but also throughout the British Empire'. John Francis Maguire set out to examine how the Irish emigrants were faring in America, given the conflicting reports that were reaching Ireland; whether Irish-Catholic emigrants were abandoning religious practice, and how the Irish in America regarded the British government.

Women and Irish diaspora identities

Theories, concepts and new perspectives

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