Miss Nigeria, and emergent forms of life

Mark Maguire and Fiona Murphy

in Integration in Ireland

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780719086946
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781781704608 | DOI:
Miss Nigeria, and emergent forms of life

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What is everyday life like for the second-generation African-Irish youth? This chapter begins with an ethnographic account of an African beauty pageant in Ireland and shows the complex interactions between generations across gendered and cultural lines. This chapter teases out the lived experiences of parenting and of growing up in African-Irish families – from parents’ hopes and fears for their children to young Nigerian and Congolese children's expressions of identity, difference and conformity.

Keywords: Youth; Identity; Beauty pageants; Parenting; Childhood; Racialization

Chapter.  8353 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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