Levinson, M.P (2018) 'Criss-crossing the Irish Sea: shifting Traveller womens’ identities in home and school environments.' Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education. ISSN 1559-5692 (Forthcoming)


In recent years there have been increasing demands to acknowledge the heterogeneity of Gypsy/Romani/Traveller communities (e.g. Author 2 2014; Tong 2015; Tremlett 2013). There have also been suggestions of a need for more gendered analyses. A growing number of sources (Kóczé 2009, 2011, 2015; Magyari-Vincze 2006, 2007; Muñoz nd; Oprea 2005a; 2005b) have focused on Gypsy/Romani/Traveller women’s identities, studies that are all outside of the UK and Ireland. This article addresses that gap, highlighting the differences within Irish Traveller communities, showing the ways in which identities fluctuate as participants criss-cross over the Irish Sea between Ireland and England. It shows ways in which participants use identities of ‘Irishness’ while in England, so as to distinguish themselves from other Travellers, while back in Ireland, they revert to Traveller identities, or use strategies such as ‘Polishing’ to distance themselves from those (disadvantaged) identities. Using data gathered from an ethnographic study of Irish Traveller women in the fictional townland of Baile Lucht Siúil in the Republic of Ireland, the authors consider the implications for participants and their communities through such transitions.

Item Type: Article

Part of a special issue entitled 'Cultural Identity in Multilocal Spaces' edited by Juliane Engel and Bettina Fritzsche.

Keywords: Irish Travellers; gendered identities; nomadism
Divisions: Institute for Education
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2018 17:18
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