An examination of ethnic identity : a case study of 'second generation' Irish people in Birmingham
McCarvill, Philip A. (2002) An examination of ethnic identity : a case study of 'second generation' Irish people in Birmingham. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This thesis examines the forms of identity which are adopted by individuals who
were born in Birmingham with at least one parent who had been born in Northern
Ireland or the Republic of Ireland and the processes of identity formation which give
life to these identities.
This thesis places the identity and experiences of the research population within the
context of the Anglo-Irish historical relationship, political situation in Northern Ireland
and the events surrounding the 'Birmingham Pub Bombings'. It also positions the
group in relation to recent academic debates regarding race, ethnicity and 'dominant
group identity'. It is intended that this thesis will represent a contribution to these
debates and to the understanding of Irish experience in Britain.
The fieldwork phase of the project was conducted in Birmingham and consisted of
two distinct, yet overlapping stages. Firstly, a survey of the research population
using questionnaires which were distributed to potential respondents by a series of
'gatekeepers'. This provided data and served as a filter to stage two. Secondly,
fifteen semi-structured, in-depth qualitative interviews with members of the cohort.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Irish -- Great Britain -- Birmingham, Children of immigrants -- Great Britain -- Birmingham, Irish -- Ethnic identity, Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Ireland, Ireland -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain|
|Official Date:||February 2002|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations (Economic and Social Research Council)|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Guibernau i Berdún, M. Montserrat (Maria Montserrat) ; Layton-Henry, Zig|
|Sponsors:||Economic and Social Research Council (Great Britain) (ESRC) ; Birmingham TEC|
|Extent:||393,  p.|
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