Research Profile

Lindsey Earner-Byrne

Biography

Research Interests


I am driven by a desire to promote the role of the Humanities, in particular History, in informing society and culture. I seek to undermine prejudice, most particularly in relation to gender, class, and race, by producing innovative scholarship which provides a deeper grasp of the elements that inform and shape society's response to these issues. 
My research has played a pivotal role in informing public debate and official commissions of inquiry In relation to the history of 'unmarried mothers', sexual violence, abortion, poverty, and welfare rights in modern Ireland, 

My existing publications re-evaluate central aspects of Irish social history within the wider field of gender history. My first book, Mother and Child: Maternity and Child Welfare in Dublin, 1920s-1960s (2007; paperback 2013), based on my PhD, continues to inform debates relating to Ireland’s historic  treatment of unmarried mothers and their children. My second book, Letters of the Catholic Poor: Poverty in Independent Ireland, 1920-1940 (2017), built on my interest in equality in Ireland offering a history of poverty through the letters of the poor. The central idea was to subvert the top-down narrative of poverty by seeking out sources that elucidated the experiences and understandings of those living in poverty. Linking both my interests in gender and social inequality, in 2019 I co-authored an all-island history of the Irish abortion journey with Professor Diane Urquhart. The Irish Abortion Journey, 1920-2018 essentially argues that Ireland's response to abortion was a continuation of its treatment of unmarried mothers in the 1920s and was underpinned as much by issues of class as by gender and religion. 

I am currently developing two projects which, in separate ways, explore the history of Ireland in relation to gender, equality and inclusion. One project is focused on the dynamics of class on the island of Ireland with partners in Trinity College Dublin and Queens University Belfast. For the second project I am again teaming up with Prof Urquhart of QUB to develop the first all-island history of gender from 1800 to 2018. Both projects are underpinned by 'a history from below approach' which privileges sources relating to 'ordinary people' and those not directly connected to the levers of power.

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2019)The Irish Abortion Journey, 1920-2018.
Lindsey Earner-Byrne Diane Urquhart (2019) The Irish Abortion Journey, 1920-2018. London/Switzerland: Palgrave Pivot. [Details]
(2017)Letters of the Catholic poor: Poverty in independent Ireland, 1920-1940.
Earner-Byrne, L.; (2017) Letters of the Catholic poor: Poverty in independent Ireland, 1920-1940. [DOI] [Details]
(2007)Mother and child: Maternity and child welfare in Dublin, 1922â¿¿60.
Earner-Byrne, L.; (2007) Mother and child: Maternity and child welfare in Dublin, 1922â¿¿60. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2022)'‘The borders of abortion and identity: Moral shadowboxing on the island of Ireland, 1920-2018’'
Lindsey Earner-Byrne and Diane Urquhart (2022) '‘The borders of abortion and identity: Moral shadowboxing on the island of Ireland, 1920-2018’' In: D. Toner and Z. Feghali (eds). Routledge Companion to Gender and Borderlands. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2022)'‘Religion, Gender and Sexuality, 1922-1968’'
Lindsey Earner-Byrne (2022) '‘Religion, Gender and Sexuality, 1922-1968’' In: G. Ganiel and A. Holmes (eds). Oxford Handbook of Religion in Ireland. Oxfrod: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2018)'‘The Family, 1880-2016’'
Lindsey Earner-Byrne (2018) '‘The Family, 1880-2016’' In: Tom Bartlett (eds). The Cambridge History of Ireland: Volume Four Modern Ireland, 1880-2016. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2017)'‘“Behind closed doors”: Society and domestic violence in Ireland, 1922-1995’'
Lindsey Earner-Byrne (2017) '‘“Behind closed doors”: Society and domestic violence in Ireland, 1922-1995’' In: N. M. Howlin and K. Costello (eds). Law and the Family in Ireland, 1800-1950. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2017)'‘Gender and society in Ireland’'
Lindsey Earner-Byrne and Diane Urquhart (2017) '‘Gender and society in Ireland’' In: M. E. Daly and E. Biagini (eds). The Cambridge Social history of Ireland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2015)'Twixt god and geography: The development of maternity services in twentieth-century Ireland'
Earner-Byrne, L.; (2015) 'Twixt god and geography: The development of maternity services in twentieth-century Ireland' In: Western Maternity and Medicine, 1880-1990. [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'‘Shall I take Myself and family to another religion [?]: Irish Catholic women, protest and conformity, 1920-1940’'
Lindsey Earner-Byrne (2015) '‘Shall I take Myself and family to another religion [?]: Irish Catholic women, protest and conformity, 1920-1940’' In: C. Delay and C. Brophy (eds). Women, Reform and Resistance in Ireland, 1850-1950. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2011)'‘Child sexual abuse, history and the pursuit of blame in modern Ireland’'
Lindsey Earner-Byrne (2011) '‘Child sexual abuse, history and the pursuit of blame in modern Ireland’' In: K. Holmes and S. Ward (eds). Exhuming Passions: Memory and the Uses of the Past in Australia and Ireland. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
(2010)'‘Aphrodite rising from the waves?: women’s voluntary activism and the women’s movement in twentieth-century Ireland’'
Lindsey Earner-Byrne (2010) '‘Aphrodite rising from the waves?: women’s voluntary activism and the women’s movement in twentieth-century Ireland’' In: Women and Citizenship in Britain and Ireland: What Difference Did the Vote Make?. London: Continumm Books. [Details]
(2010)'Moral prescription: The Irish medical profession, the Roman Catholic Church and the prohibition of birth control in twentieth-century Ireland'
Earner-Byrne, L.; (2010) 'Moral prescription: The Irish medical profession, the Roman Catholic Church and the prohibition of birth control in twentieth-century Ireland' In: Cultures of Care in Irish Medical History, 1750-1970. [DOI] [Details]
(2008)'‘“Parading their Poverty…”: Widows in Twentieth-Century Ireland’'
Lindsey Earner-Byrne (2008) '‘“Parading their Poverty…”: Widows in Twentieth-Century Ireland’' In: B. Farago & M. Sullivan (eds). Facing the Other: Interdisciplinary Studies on Race, Class and Gender in Ireland. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press. [Details]
(2004)'‘Moral Repatriation’: The Response to Irish Unmarried Mothers in Britain, 1920s-1960s’'
Lindsey Earner-Byrne (2004) '‘Moral Repatriation’: The Response to Irish Unmarried Mothers in Britain, 1920s-1960s’' In: Patrick Duffy (eds). To and From Ireland: Planned Migration Schemes c. 1600-2000. Dublin: Geography Publications. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2015)''Dear Father my health has broken down': Writing Health in Irish Charity Letters, 1922-1940'
Earner-Byrne, L.; (2015) ''Dear Father my health has broken down': Writing Health in Irish Charity Letters, 1922-1940'. Social History of Medicine, [DOI] [Details]
(2015)''The rape of Mary M.: A microhistory of sexual violence and moral redemption in 1920s Ireland'
Lindsey Earner-Byrne (2015) ''The rape of Mary M.: A microhistory of sexual violence and moral redemption in 1920s Ireland'. Journal of the History of Sexuality, 24 (1):75-98 [Details]
(2008)'Reinforcing the family: The role of gender, morality and sexuality in Irish welfare policy, 1922-1944'
Earner-Byrne, L.; (2008) 'Reinforcing the family: The role of gender, morality and sexuality in Irish welfare policy, 1922-1944'. History of the Family, [DOI] [Details]
(2006)'Managing motherhood: Negotiating a maternity service for catholic mothers in Dublin, 1930-1954'
Earner-Byrne, L.; (2006) 'Managing motherhood: Negotiating a maternity service for catholic mothers in Dublin, 1930-1954'. Social History of Medicine, [DOI] [Details]
(2003)'The boat to England: An analysis of the official reactions to the emigration of single expectant Irishwomen to Britain, 1922-1972'
Earner-Byrne, L.; (2003) 'The boat to England: An analysis of the official reactions to the emigration of single expectant Irishwomen to Britain, 1922-1972'. Irish Economic and Social History, [DOI] [Details]

Professional Activities

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Section C editorial board2016 /
UCD Press editorial board2010 /

Research Information

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
The Quest for Welfare and Democracy Research Network European University InstituteITALY

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