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    Intimacy and Vulnerability among Young Minoritised Black and Latinx, Gender, and Sexual Communities: An Ethnographic Approach to Social Networks and Public Venues
    (University College Dublin, 2018)
    This paper explores the symbolic and structural vulnerabilities that Young Black and Latinx Gender and Sexual Minorities (YBLGSM) confront in their everyday lives. Through ethnographic analysis of social interactions in public spaces, this research identifies some of the hidden risks that these young people face, and investigates how these situations increase their vulnerability to HIV-infection. Four situations are described as particularly risky for YBLGSM: drug use, inter-generational sexual interactions, homelessness and sex work, and stigma and violence associated with their gender identity and sexual orientation. This research is based on participatory research conducted in tandem with Bronx AIDS Services in 2005-2006, and employs participant observation and focus groups in several public venues in New York City. It provides insights into the unique social networks and the strategies these individuals use to confront their intersecting experiences of multiple discriminations as young Black and Latinx gender and sexual minorities.
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    Removing the radical: Irish trans masculine individuals’ engagement with offline media representations of trans identities
    (University College Dublin. School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, 2023-02-10)
    This paper explores how trans masculine people living in Ireland perceive and engage with representations of trans identities in different outlets of popular offline media. Drawing on qualitative interviews from 2019 with seven Irish trans masculine individuals, aged 19-37, this study explores these participants’ perceptions of offline media representations of trans people as overwhelmingly sensationalist and reductionist, while investigating the meaningful ways they have been able to engage with limited nuanced representations. Placed within the cultural context of contemporary Ireland, this article examines the tensions these participants described between popular narratives of transnormative gender identities and their own lived experiences of gender. This study’s findings suggest that reductionist and tokenistic offline media representations of trans identities were regarded as harmful and devaluing of these individuals’ experiences, while select nuanced representations were used as sites of self-reflection and initiating dialogue with others. The majority of participants agreed that trans representation in offline media could play an influential role in shaping individual experiences and expressions of trans masculinity and conveyed their desire for more varied trans representation in Irish and international offline media.
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    Escaping domesticity: the replacement and devaluation of the homemaker with the use of migrant domestic workers
    Domestic work is one cause for concern for feminist theorists and migration experts. Research indicates that women in the global north and predominately white women are solving the issue of housework and childcare through the extraction of domestic labour from the global south. The debate about who carries out domestic labour continues and the housework dilemma has not been solved. Instead, inequalities among women on a global scale operates through the extraction of care from the global south to the global north resulting in care deficits and global care chains. This article intends to examine the issue of housework while examining contemporary families, globalisation, and the upsurge in the migration of women.
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    All Change or Small Change? Reflections on Women's studies
    (University College Dublin. School of Social Justice. Women's Studies, 1987)