Bringing together leading authorities on Irish women and migration, this book offers a significant reassessment of the place of women in the Irish diaspora. It demonstrates the important role played by women in the construction of Irish diasporic identities, comparing Irish women's experience in Britain, Canada , New Zealand and the United States. The book considers how the Catholic Church could be a focal point for women's Irish identity in Britain. It examines how members of the Ladies' Orange Benevolent Association (LOBA) maintained a sense of Irish Protestant identity, focused on their associational life in female Orange lodges. The book 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. It reviews key debates in Transnational Studies (TS) and Diaspora Studies (DS) before discussing the particular contribution of DS in framing 1990s study of migrant and non-migrant Irish women. Feminist and queer theory scholarship in Irish DS has begun to address the gender and sexual politics of diaspora by attending to the dynamics of boundary expansion, queering and dissolution. The book suggests that religion can be both a 'bright' and a 'blurry' boundary, while examining how religious identities intersect with ethnicity and gender. It also includes 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.
gender and sexual politics of diaspora by attending to the dynamics of boundaryexpansion, queering and dissolution.68 However, the heteronormative logic of
Irish diasporic belonging remains hegemonic.69 In the section that follows I
develop these themes with reference to a study I conducted in the mid-1990s.
Although an example of archival specificity insofar as it addressed lived diaspora
in a specific time-space, the analysis of the data was informed primarily by the
dual territoriality and hybrid and contingent strands of DS scholarship. As such, the
its post-war plans. Largescale redevelopment, however, could not be achieved within the existing city
boundaries. The land trap continued to be a thorn in the council’s side. It was
desperate to secure land outside of the city’s boundaries. Expansion into other
areas would provide it with the opportunity to maintain control and influence
over its population, whilst also freeing up space for inner-city development.
Councillor Ottiwell Lodge, Chairman of the Town Planning and Buildings
Committee, claimed in the 1945 Redevelopment Plan that the biggest problem of