Reflecting on gender, generation and ethnicity in celebrating St Patrick’s Day in London
in Women and Irish diaspora identities
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This chapter focuses on the significance of the categories of gender and generation, and their intersection with ethnicity in the context of the official London St Patrick's Day Festival. It reviews some of the literature about the representations and meanings attached to St Patrick's Day, especially as they may be relevant to Britain. The chapter examines the establishment of the Festival in London, thus covering the 'steering' of a major St Patrick's Day parade, planning liaison between local authorities and community organisations and representatives as well as the parade itself. It discusses the thoughts and reflections of the community members of the Mayor's St Patrick's Day Advisory Forum in London. The chapter considers some of the common goals and the tensions that were manifest in the Festival organisation through the lens of gender, generation and ethnicity.

Women and Irish diaspora identities

Theories, concepts and new perspectives


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