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Cormac Ó Beaglaoich, Mark Kiss, Clíodhna Ní Bheaglaoich, and Todd G. Morrison

targeted population (in this case, adolescent boys) inform the development of scale items. Recently, Ó Beaglaoich and colleagues (2015a) assessed the psychometric properties of the GRCS-A, when completed by Irish adolescent boys. Using confirmatory

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Séamus Ó Cinnéide, Jean Cushen, and Fearghas Ó Gabhan

The 2005 Human Development Report recently found Ireland to be the second wealthiest country in the world (UN Development Programme). However, the same report also highlighted that Ireland was one of the countries with the greatest social inequality and with the third highest level of poverty out of the eighteen countries surveyed. The Celtic Tiger period may also be characterised in terms of the widening gap between rich and poor (Nolan, et al. 2000; UNDP 2005). Even ‘social partnership’, Ireland’s corporatist national planning arrangements, including triennial national pay agreements, is criticized for concentrating political power in the hands of small elites and organised interests (Ó Cinnéide 1998; Kirby 2002).

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Repealing Ireland's Eighth Amendment

Abortion rights and democracy today

Ela Drążkiewicz, Thomas Strong, Nancy Scheper‐Hughes, Hugh Turpin, A Jamie Saris, Joanna Mishtal, Helena Wulff, Brigittine French, Pauline Garvey, Daniel Miller, Fiona Murphy, Louise Maguire, and Máire Ní Mhórdha

In 2018, the Irish public voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which since 1983 banned abortion in the country. While this was a watershed moment in Irish history, it was not unconnected to wider discussions now taking place around the world concerning gender, reproductive rights, the future of religion, Church–State relationships, democracy and social movements. With this Forum, we want to prompt some anthropological interpretations of Ireland's repeal of the Eighth Amendment as a matter concerning not only reproductive rights, but also questions of life and death, faith and shame, women and men, state power and individual liberty, and more. We also ask what this event might mean (if anything) for other societies dealing with similar issues?

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William Palmer

The English conquest of Ireland during the sixteenth century was accompanied by extreme violence. Historians remain divided on the motivations behind this violence. This article argues that the English violence in Ireland may be attributed to four main factors: the fear of foreign Catholic intervention through Ireland; the methods by which Irish rebels chose to fight; decisions made by English officials in London to not fund English forces in Ireland at a reasonable level while demanding that English officials in Ireland keep Ireland under control; and the creation of a system by which many of those who made the plans never had to see the suffering they inflicted. The troops who carried out the plans had to choose between their own survival and moral behaviors that placed their survival at risk.

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Lorenzo Cañás Bottos

Based on fieldwork undertaken in 2004–2005, I analyze how the Irish border has been constructed, represented, challenged, and imagined by both the state and borderlanders as a means to discuss processes of constructing sovereignty. I focus on the concept of “assemblage” to integrate and highlight the tensions and contradictions between different levels of analysis: the juridical, the academic representation of the border, and the memories and practices of borderlanders. I argue that sovereignty, rather than a claim to be taken at face value by states, is the emergent property of the combination of a variety of forces, forms, and practices involved in the making of borders, and that its very enactment also produces anti-sovereign effects.

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Eóin Flannery

Shame has been a recurring feature of Irish society, particularly given the historically protracted influence of the Catholic Church in Ireland. And as a result, shame is all too often laden with negative connotations when cited, mentioned or

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Perceptions of German Leadership

Irish National Identity and Germany as a “Significant Other” during the Euro Crisis

Charlotte Galpin

conduct qualitative frame analysis of Irish political and media discourse during the weeks surrounding the European Council summit on 8 and 9 December 2011. This was a critical phase of the Euro crisis, and the summit, deemed necessary to “save the Euro

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Constructing Difference and Imperial Strategy

Contrasting Representations of Irish and Zionist Nationalism in British Political Discourse (1917–1922)

Maggy Hary

seeks to explore this apparent paradox by comparing British attitudes toward Irish nationalism and Zionism. While many British statesmen contested the existence of an Irish nation, they were, in contrast, often quick to recognize the Jews as a national

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Viral Intimacy and Catholic Nationalist Political Economy

Covid-19 and the Community Response in Rural Ireland

David Whyte

COVID-19 and the response of the community development sector in the Republic of Ireland have uncovered the legacy of Catholic nationalism in Irish capitalism. On the 27 March 2020, the full extent of the COVID-19 lockdown measures was announced

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Solicitor Brown and His Boy

Love, Sex, and Scandal in Twentieth-Century Ireland

Averill Earls

In April 1941, seventeen-year-old British army deserter Leslie Price met Ronald Brown, the forty-one-year-old Irish State Solicitor for County Kildare. 1 Price was hungry, drifting from one sketchy place to the next. He had nowhere to go, no money