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Duffy, Jennifer Nugent
Who's your Paddy? : racial expectations and the struggle for Irish American identity / Jennifer Nugent Duffy
Alternate Title Racial expectations and the struggle for Irish American identity
Production, publication, distribution, manufacture, copyright New York : New York University Press, [2014]
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 3rd Floor  F128.9.I6 D84 2014    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Irish Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
Irish Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social conditions
Irish Americans -- Race identity -- New York (State) -- New York
African Americans -- Relations with Irish Americans
Irish Americans -- New York (State) -- Yonkers -- History
Irish Americans -- New York (State) -- Yonkers -- Social conditions
Physical Description viii, 301 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Content Type text
Media Type unmediated
Carrier Type volume
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-290) and index
Summary "After all the green beer has been poured and the ubiquitous shamrocks fade away, what does it mean to be Irish American besides St. Patrick's Day? Who's Your Paddy traces the evolution of "Irish" as a race-based identity in the U.S. from the 19th century to the present day. Exploring how the Irish have been and continue to be socialized around race, Jennifer Nugent Duffy argues that Irish identity must be understood within the context of generational tensions between different waves of Irish immigrants as well as the Irish community's interaction with other racial minorities. Using historic and ethnographic research, Duffy sifts through the many racial, class, and gendered dimensions of Irish-American identity by examining three distinct Irish cohorts in Greater New York: assimilated descendants of nineteenth-century immigrants; "white flighters" who immigrated to postwar America and fled places like the Bronx for white suburbs like Yonkers in the 1960s and 1970s; and the newer, largely undocumented migrants who began to arrive in the 1990s. What results is a portrait of Irishness as a dynamic, complex force in the history of American racial consciousness, pertinent not only to contemporary immigration debates but also to the larger questions of what it means to belong, what it means to be American. Jennifer Nugent Duffy is Associate Professor of History at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut. "-- Provided by publisher
Contents Introduction: Who's Your Paddy? Irish Immigrant Generations in Greater New York -- From City of Hills to City of Vision: The History of Yonkers, New York -- Good Paddies and Bad Paddies: The Evolution of Irishness as a Race-Based Tradition in the United States -- Bar Wars: Irish Bar Politics in Neoliberal Ireland and Neoliberal Yonkers -- They're Just Like Us: Good Paddies and Everyday Irish Racial Expectations -- Bad Paddies Talk Back -- Paddy and Paddiette Go to Washington: Race and Transnational Immigration Politics
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-290) and index
Series Nation of newcomers

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