Identifying one’s self as Irish/Scottish/whatever

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  • #15964

    anonymous
    Participant

    Still catching up on the podcasts ...In episode 90-something, Jamie talks about how people identify themselves as Irish or Scottish or whatever, when they don't live in that region and their heritage is only be a small percentage of that group.Do most people really do this or is this something that just people who live amongst people from a particular group or who recently moved away from a particular group (like first-generation immigrants) do?alan

  • #19319

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Ethnogenesis is something that is rather heavily discussed among scholars, so we can be relatively sure it happened in history.  As for in our modern day, your mileage may vary, but in my personal life I've definitely seen it happen.  Especially in melting pot communities.  And the thing is that we are almost all from melting pot communities at one point or another.  Even if you're from a small community in Europe that's been there since the Fifth Century CE, you're still probably from a melting pot thanks to the Volkerwanderung that took place towards the end of the fall of the Western Roman Empire.  :)

  • #19320

    iain
    Participant

    I've always found the American obsession with Irishness interesting – it's seems that all other ethnic groups that built America (German, Scandinavian, English, Scottish, Welsh etc) get forgotten about.A few years ago I spent a week in Chicago. One area was called Glencoe - a very Scottish name with some significant history. My host had absolutely no idea about it.

  • #19321

    JamesS
    Participant

    While I have a lot of English and some German and Polish in me, I more readily identify with my Irish and Scots heritage.  Part of it is due to my surname.  Slaven is the anglicized form of Gaelic sleibhen (mountain).  A lot of it has to do with finding similarities between my own personal attributes and what I've read up on about the Scots and the Irish.  But I do know that the English, Germans, and Poles all have similar traits as well, so it's more that I feel for the underdog (compared to my English heritage) and my knowledge (I don't know as much about German and Polish history).

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