Cosmopolitan Ireland

Cosmopolitan Ireland : Globalisation and Quality of Life

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'One can't help but delight in Keohane and Kuhling's Cosmopolitan Ireland. Their evocative examples and insightful analyses are an important tool for helping us understand the zeitgeist of contemporary Irish culture.' Dr. Matthew Trachman, Associate Professor of Sociology, Queensborough Community College, City University New York 'A sociologically insightful and engaging encounter with the complexities and subtleties of a rapidly changing Ireland. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the fate of this country.' Dr. Patricia Cormack, Associate Professor, Sociology, St. Francis Xavior University, Nova Scotia, Canada 'A fast-paced yet historical and analytic account of the new Irish global economy and its leap into a cosmopolitan culture with its highs and lows of consumerism, binge drinking, defamilization, sub-urbanization and very high youth suicide rates.' John O'Neill, Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, York University, Toronto Ireland is going through a period of unprecedented economic and cultural growth and renewal. These changes are due in part to neoliberal policies that have attracted foreign investment. The globalization of Ireland's economy has had major social consequences. Living standards are rising quickly. Emigration has reversed. Catholicism has been secularized, laws on divorce and sexuality have been liberalized. Ireland has become an urban society for the first time. But there is stark inequality and social exclusion; epidemics of depression, alcoholism, and obesity; traditional values and community are declining; and there is deep ambivalence towards immigrants. Ireland's economy is globalized, but is Irish society cosmopolitan? Wealth has increased, but has quality of life improved? The authors explore the developments of the last 15 years, capturing the intensity of the debates that make up the new cosmopolitan multi-cultural Ireland.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 18mm | 439.98g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745326498
  • 9780745326498
  • 996,768

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Here we have a fast-paced yet historical and analytic account of the new Irish global economy and its leap into a cosmopolitan culture with its highs and lows. [The authors] cross Irish cultural studies with the political economy of neo-liberal globalization to explore its civic deficits in education, community and welfare infrastructures. -- John O'Neill, author of Civic Capitalism: The State of Childhood (2004) and Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, York University, Toronto One can't help but delight in Keohane and Kuhling's Cosmopolitan Ireland. Their evocative examples and insightful analyses are an important tool for helping us understand the zeitgeist of contemporary Irish culture. -- Dr. Matthew Trachman, Associate Professor of Sociology, Queensborough Community College, City University New York Kuhling and Keohane offer a sociologically insightful and engaging encounter ... of a rapidly changing Ireland. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the fate of this country... Readers will find engaging discussions of topics from consumption and desire to the 'good-life', all grounded in critical debates about postmodern citizenship and the just society in contemporary Ireland. -- Dr. Patricia Cormack, Associate Professor, Sociology, St. Francis Xavior University, Nova Scotia, Canada [The authors] offer the reader profound and stimulating insights into the transformations which have affected Irish society over the last two decades and how the celebratory rhetoric of achievement is often challenged by evidence of mounting inequality and sharp, social dislocation. ... Anybody who is interested in the future of Ireland should read this book. -- Professor Michael Cronin, School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, Dublin City Universityshow more

About Carmen Kuhling

Carmen Kuhling is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Limerick Kieran Keohane is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University College Corkshow more

Table of contents

Part 1: Globalisation and Social Inequality in Ireland. 1 Economics: Social inequality and the Celtic Tiger 2 Politics: Continuity and Change in Irish Political Culture Part 2: Cosmopolitan Ireland (?): The Diversification and Commodification of Irish Identity. 3 Culture: Race and Multiculturalism in Ireland 4 Consumption: Guinness, Ballygowan and Riverdance: the Globalisation of Irish Identity Part 3: Globalisation and the Quality of Life in Ireland. 5 Depression: The Melancholy Spirit of the Celtic Tiger. 6 Binge drinking and Overeating: Globalisation and Insatiability Part 4: Beyond 'Consumer Citizenship' and Neo-Liberalism: Cosmopolitanising Ireland 7 Social Welfare and Redistribution: Taxation and 'Civic Health' 8 Education and Recognition: The Cultivation of a Cosmopolitan Imaginary 9 Conclusion: A Cosmopolitan Ethics for a Post-National Society References Indexshow more

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