Journals Higher Education



Published: 12 October 2010

240 Pages | 20 Illustrations, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719077616

Bookseller Code (06)


Scottishness and Irishness in New Zealand since 1840

Angela McCarthy

Published by Manchester University Press

Studies in Imperialism MUP

  • Explores the issue of ethnic identities through a diverse range of written, verbal, and visual sources including personal testimonies, official immigration files, maritime ephemera, lunatic asylum casebooks, family histories, poetry and novels, and film and documentary
  • Examines diverse themes including material tokens of ethnicity; language and accent; religion, politics, and history; national characteristics; and impressions of New Zealand and its indigenous peoples
  • Argues that discrimination was not a precondition for the ethnic consciousness felt by and ascribed to the Irish and Scots in New Zealand but that most aspects of their ethnic identities were positively constructed and articulated
  • Contends that overarching narratives of exile, while intimately associated with emigration from the sending societies, had little significance in the development of Irish and Scottish ethnic identities in New Zealand