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Class politics in post-boom Ireland: a burgeoning resistance?

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Show simple item record O'Flynn, Micheal Power, Martin J. McCabe, Conor Silke, Henry 2014-01-23T12:00:28Z 2014-01-23T12:00:28Z 2013
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract In this paper we outline the features of an emergent resistance in Ireland. We examine its stunted development in the context of the period of speculative expansion known as the ‘Celtic Tiger’. We draw attention to the speculative nature of the Irish boom period, to the character of the subsequent crash, to the conditions that have enabled the financial interest to effectively close ranks, transferring private debt to the general population. Whilst acknowledging the apparently low level of resistance to all of this, we reject the notion that the population has meekly accepted all of the related cuts and impositions. We show that the apparent submission to the austerity agenda is quite deceptive, that forms of resistance are emerging everywhere, not least in education, and that these represent the potential for the development of a mass movement against austerity in the years ahead. Amidst relentless attacks on services, and on the living standards of the population, we trace the development of several different forms of resistance that have emerged, along with the continuing efforts to pull its various strands together to produce something worthy of the Irish working class. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Department of Sociology, University of Limerick en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries University of Limerick Department of Sociology Working Paper Series;WP2013-04
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject economic crisis en_US
dc.subject neoliberalism en_US
dc.title Class politics in post-boom Ireland: a burgeoning resistance? en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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