Griffintown: Identity and Memory in an Irish Diaspora Neighbourhood

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Title
Griffintown: Identity and Memory in an Irish Diaspora Neighbourhood
Abstract
A history of the Irish identity of Griffintown in the twentieth century, a working-class inner-city Montreal enclave. The author argues that as immigration from Ireland dwindled in the early twentieth century, Irish culture in the city became diasporic, reflecting an imagined homeland. Focusing on the power of memory to shape community, the author finds that, despite sociopolitical pressures and a declining population, the spirit of this ethnic quarter was nurtured by the Irish Montrealers who grew up there. The author examines Irish nationalism in Griffintown between 1900 and 1914; Griffintown from the First World War to Irish independence, 1914 to 1922; the last stand of Irish-Catholic Griffintown, 1929 to 1945; and the death of Griffintown, 1945 to 1975.
Place
Vancouver, BC
Publisher
University of British Columbia Press
Date
2017
# of Pages
xiii-249p.
Language
en
Citation
Barlow, Matthew. Griffintown: Identity and Memory in an Irish Diaspora Neighbourhood. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, 2017.
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