Communities and collaboration along the Irish border
Caroline Creamer and Brendan O’Keeffe
Raising the emerald curtain:
communities and collaboration
along the Irish border
Caroline Creamer and Brendan O’Keeffe
Up until the early 1990s, areas adjacent to the border between the Republic of
Ireland and Northern Ireland were synonymous with ethno-nationalist tensions and socio-economic decline. The descent of the ‘emerald curtain’,1 with
the partition of the island of Ireland in 1921, divided communities politically
and economically but had a limited impact on social and cultural interactions.
From the late 1960s, however, political agitation following
Reading the Irish motorway:
landscape, mobility and politics
after the crash
During the boom, Ireland went on the move. The country became a commuter state. In this time, the Red Cow Roundabout became as famous as the
Rock of Cashel. The stage on which this motion ultimately played out was the
new motorway network. This billion-euro infrastructure ripples with ideology, power and culture – and is one of the defining landscapes of the new
Ireland. Like the rapid expansion of housing, the Irish motorway network absorbed vast amounts of capital
Reading Tim Robinson through Gluaiseacht Chearta Sibhialta na Gaeltachta
‘although I have the highest respect
for them and their work, an account of my relationship with the Gluaiseacht folk
would make an extremely short chapter!’ He told me, basically, that his connections to the Irish language were to be found elsewhere; he pointed to his early
attempts to learn the language,1 translation projects he’s presently involved in, and
so on.2 He acknowledged that he knew the key organisers – Seosamh Ó Cuaig,
Bob Quinn, Donncha Ó hÉallaithe – but in a way that was more friendly than
political. ‘I’m no good at committees and could not have added a
Labour non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the citizenship
me and I would not be able to ignore them after a while. As I live in this country and I am part of this society, I cannot help but notice the labour problems around me. If I stopped doing this, I would feel constantly conflicted.
The stories above illustrate how, in the absence of established institutions of political representation, migrant workers set up their own organisations, which
The politics of value and valuation in South Africa’s urban waste
Henrik Ernstson, Mary Lawhon, Anesu Makina, Nate Millington, Kathleen Stokes, and Erik Swyngedouw
, generate employment opportunities and demonstrate due diligence towards responsible ecological governance. We are ultimately interested in how change happens and how the impact of specific interventions interacts with officially stated objectives of poverty reduction.
The chapter therefore describes the dynamic institutional, technical, social and political ecological landscape of waste management in South Africa and how this in turn is shaping the practices by which waste is transformed into economic and social value, who is
‘less politically sensitive’ areas, such as education, economy, science, technology, health, sports, culture, environment, poverty alleviation and disaster relief. The law severely limits the ability of foreign foundations to support small grassroots NGOs in China, particularly those perceived as ‘politically sensitive’, such as labour, legal action and human rights organisations.
This carrot-and-stick treatment of NGOs is part of the wider approach to civil society under the Xi administration. After a relatively non-interventionist period in the
A pragmatist responds to epistemic and other kinds of frictions in the academy
faculty have spent their careers studying and exposing the psychosocial, material, political, cultural and economic processes and histories of inequalities related to race and gender. It was itself a sign of progress that there were enough students of colour to stage the intervention and that a setting was available that allowed the confrontation to occur. For these and other reasons, the students’ charges were experienced by some as really painful, a point that needs pondering as it eludes most academic discourse, fuels problems arising from difference and can block
This book makes the case for a pragmatist approach to the practice of social inquiry and knowledge production. Through diverse examples from multiple disciplines, contributors explore the power of pragmatism to inform a practice of inquiry that is democratic, community-centred, problem-oriented and experimental. Drawing from both classical and neo-pragmatist perspectives, the book advances a pragmatist sensibility in which truth and knowledge are contingent rather than universal, made rather than found, provisional rather than dogmatic, subject to continuous experimentation rather than ultimate proof and verified in their application in action rather than in the accuracy of their representation of an antecedent reality. The power of pragmatism offers a path forward for mobilizing the practice of inquiry in social research, exploring the implications of pragmatism for the process of knowledge production.
purpose of civic organising crucial for citizenship transformation.
The formation of networks: challenging the taboo?
Citizenship practices in China are governed by both the laws (which shape citizenship status) and the unwritten rules, stemming from social, cultural and political practices (citizenship discourse and practice). The laws which prescribe NGOs’ behaviour and establish mechanisms of state control over NGOs’ ability to network are based on a range of legislation, as discussed in the previous chapter. The 2017 Overseas
Statue – Natalie Bradbury
A City Speaks, Paul Rotha’s classic 1947 documentary/propaganda
film, was commissioned by the Manchester Corporation to educate citizens about the city’s post-war redevelopment, highlight
the social issues the city faced, and remind Mancunians of their
forebears’ achievements in science, industry, politics and culture.
It begins by posing the question ‘What is the city but the people?’.
The first person we see is a young schoolboy in shirt, tie, shorts and
long socks, who slowly and apprehensively tiptoes into Manchester