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Title: BIFFOs, jackeens and Dagenham Yanks: county identity, “authenticity” and the Irish diaspora
Authors: Scully, Marc Donnchadh
First Published: 3-Jul-2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Irish Studies Review, 2013, 21 (2), pp. 143-163
Abstract: Despite being an everyday point of reference in Irish discourse, the extent to which the county serves as a locus of identification has been oddly overlooked in the Irish studies literature. In particular, the persistence of identification with the county of origin post-migration offers new insights on the construction and maintenance of identity within the Irish diaspora. Drawing on my PhD research on discourses of authenticity and identity among the Irish in England, this article investigates the ways in which county identity is invoked both by Irish migrants and those of Irish descent. It illustrates how the county is used as a rhetorical tool to situate the speaker within discourses of belonging and authenticity, but how this may also act as a constraint on the articulation of a collective, diasporic identity. It argues for a greater research focus on translocalism within the context of changing Ireland–diaspora relations.
DOI Link: 10.1080/09670882.2013.808874
ISSN: 0967-0882
eISSN: 1469-9303
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2013, Taylor & Francis. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Irish Studies Review, 2013, 21 (2), pp. 143-163 (© Taylor & Francis), available online at:
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