Relational and gendered selves : older Irish migrants’ housing and employment histories in the North and East Midlands of England

CASEY, Rionach and MAYE-BANBURY, Angela (2016). Relational and gendered selves : older Irish migrants’ housing and employment histories in the North and East Midlands of England. Housing Studies Online. (In Press)

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Abstract

Most accounts of migration stress the economic necessity, but generally blur the role of migrants themselves in the process. It is also rare to consider male and female migrants together, or to explore the relational aspects of masculinity and femininity in migration histories. This paper explores the relational aspects of Irish migrants’ residential and work histories using narrative enquiry. First, we explore the complex relationship between housing and employment in Irish women and men’s’ stories focusing particularly on the early phase of migration. Second, we argue that these narratives, especially the ‘intertwining personal, sub-cultural and cultural stories’ are essential in understanding Irish migrants’ experiences. Third, we posit that gender emerges as a significant factor with qualitative differences in Irish women’s and men’s trajectories. Our analysis focuses on the self-in-relation, housing pathways and gendered housing and employment strategies.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Built Environment Division Research Group
Depositing User: Sarah Ward
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2016 09:22
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2016 17:49
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13316

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