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Who's Your Paddy? – Racial Expectations and the Struggle for Irish American Identity - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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Who's Your Paddy?: Racial Expectations and the Struggle for Irish American Identity

Jennifer Nugent Duffy


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? This book traces the evolution of “Irish” as a race-based identity in the U.S. from the nineteenth century to the present day. Exploring how the Irish have been and continue to be socialized around race, the book 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 ... More

Keywords: Irish American, Irish immigrants, racial minorities, Irish-American identity, immigration, Irishness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814785027
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814785027.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Nugent Duffy, author