SAI Committee member and ESRI Researcher Joanna Banks has co-published a study on Education in Ireland.
Current debates about senior cycle education in Ireland have raised a number of crucial questions:
What effect does the Leaving Certificate exam have on young people’s learning experiences?
What helps students to do well in the Leaving Certificate exam?
How do young people make decisions about their future life after school?
This book provides an important evidence base for answering these questions by examining the experiences of young people in their final year of second-level education. It explores how the impending exam colours student experiences of teaching and learning, and raises important questions about the current Leaving Certificate model. It provides crucial insights into the kinds of information and advice young people use in planning for the future, placing their decisions within the context of their overall schooling career.
From Leaving Certificate to Leaving School is part of a series about the lives of young people as they move through the schooling system. It should be of interest to principals, teachers, guidance counsellors, higher education institutions, policymakers, parents, teacher educators, and the wider academic community.
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Editor’s Introduction: Liam Leonard and Iosif Botetzagias
Part 1: Ireland
‘The Myth of the Celtic Tiger’: The Political Economy of Irish Development since the 1990s, Peadar Kirby
Power, Corruption and Lies: Irish Political, Economic and Social Policy: 1900 to 2011, Liam Leonard and Paula Kenny.
Sustainability and Community: “The Un-sustainability of the Social Model of Neo-liberal Globalization and the Speechlessness of the Community at the Periphery.” Kieran Keohane and Carmen Kuhling
Social Partnership and the Fiscal Crisis in Ireland: Acceptance or Acquiescence? Kieran Allen.
An Issue History and Event Analysis of the Green Party and Sustainable Politics in Ireland, Liam Leonard
Part 2: Greece and the Eurozone:
Euro’s Crisis: From the Sovereigns to the Banks and back to the Sovereigns, Constantin Gurdgiev
Environmental Policy in Greece Reloaded: Plurality, Participation and the Sirens of Neo-Centralism, Charalampos Koutalakis
Green Politics in Greece at the time of Fiscal Crisis, Iosif Botetzagias
Social capital and the implementation of environmental policies in Greece, Nikoleta Jones
Conclusion: Peripheral P.I.G.S. in the Last Chance Saloon…Liam Leonard and Iosif Botetzagias
An influential star of British pop for more than three decades, Morrissey is known for his outspoken and often controversial views on class, ethnicity, and sexuality. Among critics and his many fans, he has long been seen as an anti-establishment figure who continues to provoke devotion, argument, and spirited debate.
This is the first collection of academic essays to focus exclusively on Morrissey’s solo career, and this important book offers a nuanced and rich reading of his highly influential creative and cultural output. Covering a broad range of academic disciplines and approaches, including musicology, ethnography, sociology, and cultural studies, these essays will be a must for fans of Morrissey or the Smiths, or those seeking to make sense of the many fascinating complexities of this global icon and controversial figure.
Eoin Devereux is a senior lecturer and head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Limerick. Aileen Dillane is a performer and lecturer in music at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. Martin Power teaches sociology at the University of Limerick.
The Prison Journal Irish Edition now published: March 2011; 91 (1) http://tpj.sagepub.com/content/current
The Irish Journal of Sociology 18/1 (2010) is now published. This edition of the IJS has articles by Pat O’Connor of UL, Vesna Malesevic of NUIG, Laurence Cox of NUIM and Liam Leonard of IT Sligo amongst others. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/manup/ijs/2010/00000018/00000001;jsessionid=fg977wld5js1.alexandra
IJS Special Issues on Civil Society (edited by Liam Leonard and Kieran Allen) and on Social Theory (edited by Piet Strydom) will be published in 2011.
Social Relations in the Greater Dublin Area by Mary P. Corcoran, Jane Gray & Michel Peillon Published by UCD Press
"Suburban Affiliations" presents the reader with a thorough and engaging study of the everyday civic and social relations that are observed in suburban localities, in this case in Dublin, Ireland. It provides insight into the ways in which suburbs develop and consolidate across time, with the authors’ analysis presented against a backdrop of the extensive American and European literature on suburbs. Drawing on four case studies, the authors offer a wealth of sociological insights into the suburban experience, demonstrating how particular examples can be drawn upon to advance a general theory of suburban affiliations. They re-visit the mainly negative assessment that has been made of the suburban social fabric. The title, "Suburban Affiliations", underlies the book’s main conclusions. Residents in suburban estates are not disaffiliated: they are in fact connected with the place where they live and with each other, in many different ways. The book maps the nature, quality and focus of these affiliations, paying particular attention to attachment to place, the prevalence of social support networks and levels of civic and social participation. As an empirically grounded, contemporary study of everyday suburban realities this book offers a wealth of timely and innovative insights of interest not only to social scientists but also to architects, planners, policy makers and the general public. http://www.ucdpress.ie/display.asp?isbn=9781906359478&
Sustainable Justice and the Community by Liam Leonard and Paula Kenny is an attempt to locate justice in a workable and sustainable way within the community, introducing ’Sustainable Justice’ as a key concept for the coming century. This volume is a critical examination of three key concepts which need to be understood for the management of today’s flexible and fluid society, namely Sustainability, Justice and Community. Within this study, we seek to explore both through an analysis built from their original philosophical understandings, through to their contemporary usage and application, ultimately developing new understandings through a combination of the essential thematic notions underpinning these salient concepts.
Sustainable Justice and the Community (Advances in Ecopolitics 7) Liam Leonard and Paula Kenny, Published dec. 2010 by Emerald Insight UK: http://www.amazon.com/Sustainable-Justice-Community-Advances-Ecopolitics/dp/0857243012/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_6Also in the Advances in Ecopolitics Series: Advances in Ecopolitics - Vols 4 & 5
The Transition to Sustainable Living and Practice; Advances in Ecopolitics, volume 4 2009
Edited by: Liam Leonard, Institute of Technology, Sligo
John Barry, Queen’s University, Belfast ISBN: 978184950641-0
Global Ecological Politics: Advances in Ecopolitics, volume 5 2010
Edited by: Liam Leonard, Institute of Technology, Sligo
John Barry, Queen’s University, Belfast ISBN: 978184950641-0
Ireland of the Illusions offers a timely reality check. Established and upcoming Irish sociologists reflect on the recent economic crash. Why did it happen, who is to blame and how has it bled into tourism, the environment, sport and the landscape? Examining the illusory quality of Celtic Tiger Ireland, the contributors inspire us to look again at a time that encouraged mass-delusion over self-reflection. Chronicling events from 2007 and 2008, the book explores many of the core values that define contemporary Ireland. Provocative essays scrutinise the greed of the housing boom, the voyeurism of the mass media, the drift towards a surveillance society, the clash between nature and society and the denial of the class and gender dimensions of social inequality. Together they present a trenchant and insightful snapshot of a society moving from enchantment to disillusion.
(CSO publication which prompted a discussion of Gender Inequality on Tonight with Vincent Browne on Wed 17th of February 2010): CSO (2010) Women and Men In Ireland 2009, Dublin: CSO.
As rates of consumption grow, the problem of waste management has increased significantly. National and local waste authorities seek to manage such problems through the implementation of state regulation and construction of waste infrastructure, including landfills and incinerators. These, however, are undertaken in a context of increasing supra-state regulatory frameworks and directives on waste management, and of increasing activity by multi-national corporations, and are increasingly contested by activists in the affected communities. Environmental Movements and Waste Infrastructure sheds new light on the structures of political opportunity that confront environmental movements that challenge the state or corporate sector. A series of case studies on collective action campaigns from the EU, US and Asia is elaborated in order to illuminate the similarities and differences between anti-incinerator protests within different states. Several contributions share a concern about cross-border or transnational waste flows. Each case study looks beyond its initial local frame of reference and goes on to interrogate assumptions about NIMBYism or localism, demonstrating the wider linkages and networks established by both grassroots campaigns and state and multinational agencies. This book was previously published as a special issue of Environmental Politics
Editors: Christopher Rootes is Professor of Environmental Politics and Political Sociology as well as Director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Political Movements at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Liam Leonard is Lecturer in Sociology, Criminology and Human Rights at the Institute of Technology, Sligo
Description :Positions Ireland sociologically within a global context. Considers key aspects of Ireland’s changing structures, culture and everyday life. Written in an accessible and interesting style.Includes a comprehensive bibliography. Suitable for sociology courses in Irish universities and Institutes of Technology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including general arts programmes, applied social studies, social work and social science.Provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary Irish society for students of Irish Studies in Ireland and elsewhere.
Author Biography: Perry Share is Head of the Department of Humanities at the Institute of Technology, Sligo and is a research associate of the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA). Prof. Hilary Tovey is a senior lecturer in Sociology at Trinity College Dublin, and a fellow of TCD. Mary P. Corcoran is a lecturer at NUI Maynooth and is a research associate of the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA).
Celebrity and the Law provides an historical and conceptual context for understanding the phenomenon of the celebrity in contemporary society and analyses three areas of law in which celebrity status has a significant impact:
Since celebrity interactions with legal systems are global phenomena, comparisons are made throughout the book between Australian celebrity law and that of other jurisdictions, such as the United States and the United Kingdom in its new European context. The book seeks to explain and analyse how the law has responded and ought further to respond to the phenomenon of celebrity and to the ever-expanding demands of celebrities for extensive legal protection and stringent controls over the unauthorized use of their identities. The analysis in the book acknowledges the sensational and enchanting nature of celebrity and recognises that the celebrity persona is often a valuable cultural and expressive resource which is and ought to be, within reasonable limits, available for public use and public comment. The book never loses sight of the strong public interest in free competition and free speech, and the need to balance celebrity demands with a public sphere of robust and open dialogue, ideas, creativity and debate.
The book will become an important introductory textbook for undergraduate students in sociology, Irish studies and the human sciences. But it is written in such a way that will be a useful resource to students in more advanced courses as well as the general reader interested in Irish society and culture. Although the book mainly maps changes in the South, it also contains full description and analysis of recent transformations in the North. Contemporary Ireland is written by leading sociologists from UCD and other Irish, and British, universities who are experts in their field.
The authors take a critical stance about the changes that have taken place in Irish society. It is part of the tradition of ’public sociology’ in which sociologists raise and reflect on current social issues and debates. Each chapter introduces the reader to the sociological theories and concepts that are relevant to the topic. The reader is then shown how these apply to Ireland and the changes that have taken place in the last decade. The chapters conclude with some suggestions about the future directions of that field in the immediate future. The book is arranged in six sections: Contours of a changing Ireland; Institutions; Governance; Economy, development and the Celtic Tiger; Class, equality and inequality; Identity, diversity and culture.
Published August 2007 pb 496 pp €30 £20 978-1-904558-87-3
January 2008 ISBN 978-1-85918-419-6, €49, £33, Hardback, 234 x 156mm, 272pp **Pre-launch price €40 available at http://www.corkuniversitypress.com/epages/corkuniversitypress.storefront/EN/product/9781859184196
Subject Classification: Sociology/health Market: Trade/Academic
Central questions that are explored include: what are the implications for health of existing systems of pharmaceutical drug regulation?; and what do existing systems of drug regulation reveal the power of transnational pharmaceutical corporations to shape regulatory and other policies? The importance attached to considering the Irish regulatory system in its international context is reflected in the inclusion of chapters that address the implications of World Trade Organisation and EU regulatory policies and regulatory trends in Canada, Britain and Australia. By demonstrating how the analysis of pharmaceutical drug regulation can provide rich insights into the operation of power in contemporary society, this book challenges the prevailing construction of drug regulation as a sphere of ’policy without politics’ and aims to contribute to the imagination of better ways of regulating medicines. Orla O’Donovan is a Lecturer in the Department of Applied Social Studies at University College Cork. Kathy Glavanis-Grantham is Lecturer in Sociology at University College Cork.
2008, XVI, 236 p., Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4020-6811-9
Table of contents Foreword.- Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Acronyms.- Politics: The Environmentalism Debate.- Irish Environmental Activism: From Woodquay to the ’Celtic Tiger’.- The Environmental Protection Agency and the Irish Green Party.- Communities: Rural Sentiment and the Irish Environmental Movement.- Rural Sentiment as Ecological Capital.- Understanding Collective Action.- Campaigns – Phase One: No Nukes: Carnsore Point.- The Anti-Toxics: Movement.- Mining: Tynagh and Donegal.- Campaigns – Phase Two: Conservation: Mullaghmore.- Anti-Incineration: Galway, Meath and Cork.- Resources: The Rossport 5 (Shell to Sea).- Roads: Glen of the Downs, Carrickmines and Tara.- Conclusion: Mapping the Consequences of Environmental Activism.- Bibliography.- Index. About this book: Collective responses to Ireland’s dramatic transformation from a primarily agrarian and rural society to an industrialised economy obsessed by rapid growth and development occurred in two phases: Phase One took place between the "No Nukes" protests of the late 1970’s when campaigns targeted multinational plants or infrastructural projects perceived as a pollution threat during years of economic stagnation.
Phase Two occurred after economic buoyancy was achieved, as the demands of rapid growth threatened communities, the environment and Irish heritage in the face of major infrastructural projects such as roads, incinerators and gas pipelines.
Starting with the Woodquay protests in Dublin, the "No Nukes" protests at Carnsore Point, the "Shell to Sea" campaign in Mayo and the campaign to save Tara from destruction, these significant ecological campaigns, based on the community’s localised sense of place or rural sentiment, have formed the response to these challenges which are analysed here using social movement theories such as resource mobilisation, political opportunity, framing and event analysis.
Keywords: Ireland Irish heritage environmental theory rural sentiment social movements