Being Irish and male in Britain
in Are the Irish different?
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This chapter sets out to explore the question of being Irish in Britain. It addresses national or ethnic difference in producing simplistic positive stereotypes of the Irish. The chapter attempts to unpack the meanings that underpin notions of Irish difference. It maps the shifting images of Irish men and masculinities within a British context of local and global change. The chapter explores changing self-representations, social practices and cultural journeys among Irish men. It focuses on the health, accommodation and social care needs of older Irish men in the city of Birmingham. The city of Birmingham became a major destination for Irish emigrants after the Second World War when the British economy was in the process of expanding. In British race and ethnic relations literature, Irish immigrants in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were represented as one of the main recipients of British colonial exploitation.

Editor: Tom Inglis

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