Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Net Curtains and Closed Doors: Intimacy, Family, and Public Life in Dublin

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

Printed to order. Despatched in 2-3 weeks.
Email me when back in stock


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. This is due in large measure to English Colonialism and the influences of the Catholic Church upon Irish culture. English colonialism and the strong strain of Irish Catholicism have subjected Irish cultural understandings of private life to extensive Church and government intervention. This has influenced the Irish experience of marriage, family life, community, and work. These disparate areas of life are, for the Irish, more similar emotionally and behaviorally to each other than they are different. In addition, the Irish generally live in small, face-to-face communities, even in urban areas, meaning that people are uncomfortable with too much self-disclosure and rely on long-term interaction to create closeness. Events, not emotions, are analyzed.

While some social scientists argue that the modern or postmodern self is somehow less authentic than those living in primitive societies because different aspects of life are fragmented and disconnected (for example home and work), the author shows how among the families she studied in Ireland the notion of dichotomies is somewhat false, and that people's relationships in the different arenas are not very different.

History & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySociology: family & relationships Publisher: ABC-CLIO Publication Date: 30/06/1999 ISBN-13: 9780897896368  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
Availability: Printed to order. Despatched in 2-3 weeks.  

ELIZABETH A. THROOP is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, McKendree College, Lebanon, Illinois.

More books by Elizabeth A. Throop

Leave Review


Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
UK Standard Delivery FREE FREE 3-5 Days
UK First Class £4.50 £1.00 1-2 Days
UK Courier £7.00 £1.00 1-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier £17.00 £3.00 2-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail £5.00 £1.50 4-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier £20.00 £3.00 2-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail £7.00 £3.00 4-14 Days
Rest of World Courier £22.50 £3.00 3-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail £8.00 £3.00 7-21 Days

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

Common Writing: Essays on Literary...
Stefan Collini
National Museum of Scotland: Scottish...
J. D. Bateson; N. M. McQ. Holmes
Court, Kirk and Community: Scotland...
Jenny Wormald
Latest Blog
Johann Hari Takes Issue with the Concept of Self-Help

Johann Hari explains why, in order to feel better, we must stop being 'you', in favour of being 'us', being 'we', becoming part of the group.

Jealousy, Rivalry, Insecurity, Frustration... Non Pratt Explores the World of Female Teenage Friendships

Non explores friendship in YA novels and especially those that depict the imperfect middle ground.

#FoylesFive: Pre-orders

Matt from our Web Team jumps into the future and brings back some reading recommends for 2018.

View all Blog Entries
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd