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Personal Narratives of Irish and Scottish Migration, 1921-65: 'For Spirit and Adventure'.

McCarthy, Angela

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ISBN 10: 0719073529 / ISBN 13: 9780719073526
Verlag: Manchester University Press, Manchester University Press, 2007
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Titel: Personal Narratives of Irish and Scottish ...

Verlag: Manchester University Press, Manchester University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2007

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand:As New

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

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Bringing to light fascinating evidence such as letters, interviews, questionnaires and shipboard journals, together with more traditional documentary sources such as immigration files and maritime records, this book examines the experience of Irish and Scottish migrants between 1921 and 1965 in North America and Australasia. Despite a number of peculiarities characterising their individual and collective experiences of migration, both the Irish and Scots were relatively successful migrants in the period under consideration. Through a close reading of personal testimonies the author highlights the assorted similarities and differences between the Irish and Scots. Subtle differences rather than yawning cultural gaps are apparent; similarities in attitude and expectation are more common than divergent or unique experience. Based around personal narratives, the book portrays individual migration experiences which are often hidden in studies based on statistical analysis. Considering individual and collective memory, the uniqueness and typicality of personal testimonies and their use as historical evidence, and incorporating both spoken and written interviews, this study tackles issues of why and how versions of the past are represented and what they mean.


'The book embraces an ambitious comparative aspect ... and is grounded impressively in a range of theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the migration, demonstrating a keen awareness of recent debates about concepts of diaspora and transnationalism ... this book successfully addresses many of the key debates in migration studies about assimilation and acculturation from the important perspective of individual experience ... This is a significant contribution to the study of migration and settlement, which suggests that a methodological concentration on personal narratives in a comparative context could be applied fruitfully to other areas of migration history.' Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 36, no. 4 (2008), pp. 689-691. 'The book is an important contribution to our understanding of the comparative nature of the expectations and experiences of ethnic groups who settled in destinations across the Anglophone world. The methodological approach is also stimulating, contributing to and challenging the current historiography of migration through the vivid and evocative evidence from the oral testimonies ... This is a book that fully merits inclusion in undergraduate studies of migration and one which should be consulted by postgraduates and academics working in this field.' Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, vol. 29 no.1 (2009), pp. 83-85. 'Exemplifies the richness and perspicacity of the latest wave of migration scholarship ... The sheer scale of the evidential base is breathtaking ... The book is a strikingly original contribution to the international historiography of migration and a model application of the comparative method to historical writing.' New Zealand Journal of History, vol. 43, no. 1 (2009), pp. 92-94. 'The book presents an extremely valuable examination of migration from Ireland and Scotland during this period ... and gives special insight into the whole migration experience.' Irish Studies Review, vol. 16, no. 4 (2008), pp. 514-515. 'The book is a well-documented and well-written study of personal narratives ... It demonstrates the value of personal testimonies in terms of offering unparalleled insights into the experiences of migration ... The book's breadth and instructive nature will also appeal to scholars looking for an introduction to the different types of personal narratives.' Immigrants and Minorities, vol. 26, no. 3 (2008), pp. 322-325. --.

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