Fair trade and free market
in The domestic, moral and political economies of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland
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The space and time of the story are the mythic world of authoritarian neoliberal globalization, a world of giant corporations and epic conflicts, of local heroes and (eco) warriors pitted against dark powers. The Corrib gas story in an ancient Irish mythic cycle, the Tain Bo Cuailnge, a story about the fundamental importance of gift relations and of principles of fair trade and reciprocity, these relations become corrupted by trickery. The story of Shell and Corrib gas, 'The Great Gas Giveaway' as it has come to be known, is a Vichean recurrence in that the story resonates with and reiterates an ancient Irish story, the Tain Bo Cuailnge, the Cattle Raid of Cooley. Both stories concern the pursuit of wealth and moral-practical relations of gift and theft, and they hinge on the fulcrum of justice and fairness.


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