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Challenging Utopia: Irish migrant narratives of Canada

Devlin Trew, Johanne (2005) Challenging Utopia: Irish migrant narratives of Canada. Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 31 (1). pp. 108-116. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25515566


This paper argues for the importance of the individual life story to migration research and outlines two recent Irish projects about migration which have employed life narrative methodology. The case is specifically illustrated in the Canadian context with interviews conducted for the Narratives of Migration & Return Project with four individuals from Northern Ireland who immigrated to Canada during the 1970s, all of whom eventually chose to return to Ireland. Their various experiences relate the complexities of migration and challenge the arguably predominant view of Canada as a utopian place so often conveyed in literature, humour and image. In contrast with written accounts, the life narrative interview is more likely to give voice to migrant ambivalence which, it is argued, has political potential to invoke change.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:return migration; Northern Ireland; Canada; life narratives; immigrants
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > Institute of Ulster Scots Studies
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:13159
Deposited By: Dr Johanne Devlin Trew
Deposited On:29 Apr 2010 11:43
Last Modified:16 Mar 2012 12:55

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