Irish Masculinities and Sexualities in England

  • Máirtín Mac an Ghaill
Part of the Explorations in Sociology. book series (EIS)


This chapter explores the complex interplay between sexuality, ethnicity and masculinity. The main focus is the self-representation of young gay Irish men’s sex/gender formations in England. There is a particular concern with the diverse range of sexual identities that they come to inhabit. Key cultural sites include the experience of recent immigration, including the pervasive influence of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), their over-representation in specific labour markets, the support of extended family/kinship networks, and their involvement in church and pub/leisure activities. At the same time, the young men offer a critical account of hegemonic English masculinity.


Research Participant Sexual Identity Black Masculinity Irish Society Sexual Politics 
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