CoDE Seminars@CMIST - Louise Ryan - ‘Always up for the craic’: young Irish professional migrants narrating ambiguous positioning in contemporary Britain
|25 November 2014
|13:00 - 14:00
|What is it:
|School of Social Sciences
|Who is it for:
|Current University students, University staff
As part of the CoDE Seminars@CMIST events, which are held on the last Friday of the month, Louise Ryan from Middlesex University will deliver a talk entitled '‘Always up for the craic’: young Irish professional migrants narrating ambiguous positioning in contemporary Britain'.
Drawing on a narrative analysis of interviews and focus group, this paper explores the experiences of recent Irish migrants working in the teaching profession in Britain. Having left post-Celtic Tiger Ireland, these highly educated young people are arriving in post-‘Peace Agreement’ Britain. The paper draws upon and contributes to discussions of the enduring salience of place and the ways in which expressions of identities are framed by specific place-based factors as well as by temporality. I explore how young professionals' narratives as 'successful' migrants are framed by complex intersections of historical legacies and changing socio-economic and political contexts. I consider the extent to which residual anti-Irish stereotypes remain, or indeed have re-emerged since the economic recession, and how these negative perceptions may impact on perceptions of Irishness. In addition, following EU enlargement and the migration of mostly White, European citizens into Britain, the paper also discusses how migrants from Ireland are placed within British society.
Light lunch provided.
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