Placing Irish women within and beyond the British Empire
Contexts and comparisons
in Women and Irish diaspora identities
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Comparative approaches challenge ways of thinking about particular parts of the Irish diaspora which focus exclusively on national arenas and risk losing sight of the 'bigger picture'. They also bring to the fore relationships between those of Irish cultural background and other ethnicities, which may be lost if the focus is simply on Irish identities. This chapter aims to explore different contexts in which settlement has taken place, both geographically and socially, and presents three case studies. The first is an exploration of intersections between Irish women and members of other diasporic groups in Britain, examining similarities and differences in their lives. The second compares Irish women's experiences of different destinations within the British Empire and its Commonwealth successor. Finally parallels are drawn with a diaspora outside the English-speaking world where social and political similarities point up important facets of women's diasporic experiences.

Women and Irish diaspora identities

Theories, concepts and new perspectives

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