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The Emergence of a Common Identity: The Integration of the Irish and the Harmony of ‘Merseybeat’

Keith Daniel Roberts

in Liverpool Sectarianism

Published by Liverpool University Press

Published in print December 2017 | ISBN: 9781786940100
Published online January 2018 | e-ISBN: 9781786944276 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5949/liverpool/9781786940100.003.0009
The Emergence of a Common Identity: The Integration of the Irish and the Harmony of ‘Merseybeat’

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Chapter eight highlights how Irish Catholics, once culturally marooned in the city, came to influence Liverpool culture itself. It will show how the city’s speech patterns, attitudes, and dominant characteristics were all influenced by the swathes of Irish Immigrants to the city. It will also portray how the two once dominant identities in the city: Irish Catholic and Lancastrian Protestant, merged into one as the twentieth century progressed. The chapter then outlines how modern culture, such as television, poetry, music, and, in particular, the Merseybeat helped to make the city distinct. Finally it demonstrates how and why ‘Scouse’ became a defence mechanism as well as an identity.

Keywords: Accent; Dialect; Gaelic; Irish; Identity; Scouse; Music; Merseybeat; Culture; Commonality

Chapter.  10715 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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