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

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Title: Home stories: immigrant narratives of place and identity in contemporary Ireland
Authors: Gilmartin, Mary
Migge, Bettina
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6308
Date: 2015
Abstract: 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 socio-linguistics 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.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Journal: Journal of Cultural Geography
Volume: 32
Issue: 1
Start page: 83
End page: 101
Copyright (published version): 2014 Taylor & Francis
Keywords: MigrationIdentityPlaceHomeLanguageIreland
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Collection

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