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The End of Irish History?: Critical Approaches to the Celtic Tiger
Synopses & Reviews
Ireland appears to be in the throes of a remarkable process of social change. The purpose of this book is to systematically scrutinize the interpretations and prescriptions that inform the deceptively simple metaphor of the "Celtic Tiger." The standpoint of the book is that a more critical approach to the course of development being followed by the Republic is urgently required. The essays collected here set out to expose the fallacies that drive the fashionable rhetoric of Tigerhood. Four of these fallacies--that Ireland has cast off the chains of economic dependency, that everyone is benefiting from the economic recovery, that personal freedom and liberty are at an unprecedented level for all citizens, and that Ireland is also experiencing a period of strong cultural renaissance--are vigorously challenged.
Ireland appears to be in the throes of a remarkable process of social and economic change. This text scrutinizes the interpretations and prescriptions that inform the deceptively simple metaphor of the "Celtic Tiger".
About the Author
Colin Coulter is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Steve Coleman is Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, both at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
Table of Contents
The End of Irish History? An Introduction to the Book--Colin Coulter * Macroeconomic Policy in the Celtic Tiger: A Critical Reassessment--Denis O'Hearn * Neither Boston Nor Brussels: Class Polarisation and Neo--Liberalism in the Irish Republic--Kieran Allen * Welcome to the Celtic Tiger: Racism, Immigration and the State--Steve Loyal * Irish Women and the Celtic Tiger--Sinead Kennedy * Globalised Ireland?: Or, Contemporary Transformations of National Identity--G. Honor Fagan * Millinarianism and Utopianism in the New Ireland: The Tragedy (and Comedy) of Accelerated Modernisation--Kieran Keohane & Carmen Kuhling * Fear and Loathing In Lost Ages: Journeys Through Postmodern Dublin--David Slattery * Contemporary Discourses of Working, Earning and Spending: Acceptance, Critique and the Bigger Picture--Anne B. Ryan * The Centralized Government of Liquidity: Community, Language and Culture under the Celtic Tiger--Steve Coleman * Northern Ireland: A Reminder from the Present--Pete Shirlow
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