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Harriet Martineau and Ireland

Conway, Brian and Hill, Michael R. (2009) Harriet Martineau and Ireland. In: Social Thought on Ireland in the Nineteenth Century. University College Dublin Press, Dublin, pp. 47-66. ISBN 9781904558668

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The Victorian sociologist-novelist Harriet Martineau visited Ireland on two different occasions, first in 1832 and again, twenty years later, in 1852, just six years after the Great Famine of 1846, when the country was still very much visibly affected by that event. Her latter journey covered some 1,200 miles and encompassed all four provinces that make up the island of Ireland, north and south. Martineau was not the first foreign visitor to nineteenth century Ireland, of course, but she provided one of the few genuinely sociological interpretations during this time period. This chapter, then, examines Martineau's Irish writings and her contribution to our sociological understanding of nineteenth-century Ireland.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Harriet Martineau; Ireland; Social Thought; Nineteenth Century Ireland; Great Famine;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
Item ID: 2905
Depositing User: Brian Conway
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2012 15:49
Publisher: University College Dublin Press
Refereed: Yes

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