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    Home stories: immigrant narratives of place and identity in contemporary Ireland

    Gilmartin, Mary and Migge, Bettina (2015) Home stories: immigrant narratives of place and identity in contemporary Ireland. Journal of Cultural Geography, 32 (1). pp. 83-101. ISSN 0887-3631

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    This paper discusses immigrant identity and place in contemporary Ireland. It draws from a longitudinal research project that involved recent immigrants to Ireland. Participants in the project came from 18 different countries, and ranged in age from 22 to 68. Their reasons for moving to Ireland were varied, and included work, adventure, and personal relationships. Combining insights from sociolinguistics and human geography, the paper first considers the different ways in which immigrants to Ireland narrate place and identity, paying particular attention to content and linguistic strategies. It then provides a more detailed discussion of the relationship between immigrant identity and place through a focus on the concept of “home,” highlighting the linguistic strategies and means that immigrants used to discursively construct notions of home and identity in their interviews. The paper concludes by arguing that detailed discourse level analysis of people's narratives of place offers new insights into the relationship between immigrant identity and place.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: migration; identity; place; home; language; Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 12161
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    Depositing User: Dr. Mary Gilmartin
    Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2020 17:12
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Cultural Geography
    Publisher: Taylor and Francis (Routledge)
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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