Net Curtains and Closed Doors: Intimacy, Family, and Public Life in Dublin

Synopsis

It has been argued that the family is a clearly bounded center of love and emotion in the lives of people. It is a center which is separate from more "public" arenas. The Irish family, however, has until recently had neither clear boundaries nor overt emotional nurturance, largely due to English Colonialism and the influences of the Catholic Church upon Irish culture. This book examines the urban Irish family and argues that the contrasts between family and public lives are not as great as is normally assumed.