Irish-Catholic women and modernity in 1930s Liverpool
in Women and Irish diaspora identities
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Influenced by Roberto Orsi's and Louise Ryan's approaches and alongside the scholarship of Joshua Landy and Michael Saler, this chapter uses Irish-Catholic women in 1930s Liverpool to challenge the perceived binary between religion and modernity. The chapter argues that Catholic leaders in Liverpool became increasingly relaxed about modernity and its impact on women. It aims to carve out roles and responsibilities for women that merged their Catholicism with emerging opportunities in paid work, civic duties and leisure and consumer culture. The chapter offers a new way of thinking about the experience of the Irish diaspora in Britain and, in particular, offers Irish-Catholic women more agency and authority than historical scholarship tends to allow. Using the programme of Catholic Action, implemented by Liverpool Archdiocese during the 1930s, the chapter illustrates the positive contribution Irish-Catholic women made to public life in Liverpool as an implication of the Church's strategy towards modernity.

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