Transforming Ireland

Transforming Ireland Challenges, Critiques, Resources

Paperback (01 Sep 2009) | English

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This is the first sustained and broad-ranging critique of the legacies of Ireland's Celtic Tiger boom. Contributors identify the damaging impact that the free market has had on a wide range of areas in public life, including the media and the pharmaceutical industry, and also examine its influence on health, education, state surveillance, immigrants, the welfare state, consumerism and the Irish language. Challenging the notion that there is no alternative for Ireland but the present economic and political dispensation, experts map out an alternative politics that could create spaces for hope and renewal in contemporary Ireland. In a society whose public debates have been largely dominated by the instrumentalist logic of stockbroker economists and the regressive populism of talk-radio shock jocks, Transforming Ireland offers a more substantial and considered analysis, uncovering hidden aspects of everyday Irish life. It reveals that, virtually unnoticed by the media, there exist lively debates in today's Ireland which draw on international insights about globalisation to probe how it is reshaping Irish society. Covering four principal topics - culture and society, media and social change, social control, and power and politics - this impressive volume opens new and hopeful perspectives for students and also the general reader. Though primarily a book about Ireland, it is also a book about today's form of globalisation, offering a rare and accessible analysis of the damage done to society when market forces are given free rein.

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Manchester University Press

Manchester University Press

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Book information

ISBN: 9780719078934
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 338.9417
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 254
Weight: 420g
Height: 233mm
Width: 157mm
Spine width: 21mm