Rethinking the Irish Diaspora

After The Gathering

  • Johanne Devlin Trew
  • Michael Pierse

Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Johanne Devlin Trew, Michael Pierse
    Pages 1-12
  3. Policy Contexts and Political Change

  4. Echoes from History and Irish Imaginaries

  5. Hidden Diasporas

  6. Johanne Devlin Trew, Michael Pierse
    Pages 273-280
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 281-299

About this book


This book provides scholarly perspectives on a range of timely concerns in Irish diaspora studies. It offers a focal point for fresh interchanges and theoretical insights on questions of identity, Irishness, historiography and the academy’s role in all of these. In doing so, it chimes with the significant public debates on Irish and Irish emigrant identities that have emerged from Ireland’s The Gathering initiative (2013) and that continue to reverberate throughout the Decade of Centenaries (2012-2023) in Ireland, North and South. In ten chapters of new research on key areas of concern in this field, the book sustains a conversation centred on three core questions: what is diaspora in the Irish context and who does it include/exclude? What is the view of Ireland and Northern Ireland from the diaspora? How can new perspectives in the academy engage with a more rigorous and probing theorisation of these concerns? This thought-provoking work will appeal to students and scholars of history, geography, literature, sociology, tourism studies and Irish studies.


Irish diaspora Irish emigration The Gathering Irish Studies Irish identity transnational Ulster Scots Scots Irish white slavery Robert Tressell Patrick MacGill London Irish James Hanley Northern Irishness working-class history Brexit Irish Government the Global Irish The Marriage Equality Referendum 2015 James Orr

Editors and affiliations

  • Johanne Devlin Trew
    • 1
  • Michael Pierse
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Applied Social and Policy SciencesUlster UniversityBelfastUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of Arts, English and LanguagesQueen’s University BelfastBelfastUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-40783-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-40784-5
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