Topics: Geography, Cities and Suburbs, Residential Patterns, Residential Mobility, Jewish Neighbourhoods, Friendship, Networks, Main Topic: Demography and Migration
Abstract: The Dublin Jewish community has undergone numerical decline over the past thirty years. At the same time, there have been substantial changes in the residential locations of members of the community. This paper investigates the significance of the neighbourhood and the community in residential change decisions through an examination of social visiting patterns, friendship and family networks and the perception and importance of having Jewish neighbours. The results show that although contacts with non-Jewish neighbours have increased, there is still a tendency to choose residential locations close to other community members. While there is still a tendency to move to higher status suburbs in south-cast Dublin, there is an opposing trend back towards the area of second settlement in the south-west of the city.
Topics: Demography, Geography, Cities and Suburbs, Residential Patterns, Residential Mobility, Main Topic: Demography and Migration
Abstract: This paper investigates the changing residential patterns of the Dublin Jewish community in the twentieth century. Using communal data provided by the annual reports of the major mutual aid society, moves of residences in the community have been mapped. The results show that moves up to the late 1950s occurred principally within well-defined sectors and were mainly short. Later, moves across sectors became more common and, in general, considerably longer. By the late 1970s the community had declined in size from 5,000 to 2,000 persons and had become widely spread on the south side of the Dublin urban area. Questions are asked about the viability of the community under these circumstances and about the possibility of a reversal of the trends that have been noted over the past half-century.