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belief in the free market, corporate power and financial globalisation (Olssen, 2004). Its trajectory has intensified as a result of the 2008 global economic crisis and subsequent European debt crisis (Overbeek, 2012). The State’s response has been expansionary policies, austerity measures and structural reforms. Austerity measures relate to decisions by the State to reduce deficits through spending cuts or tax rises, i.e. spending cuts through withdrawal of State support for public services and welfare. Structural reform includes entrepreneurialism through increasing

in Urban gardening and the struggle for social and spatial justice
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Geographies of the post-boom era

the economic crash in 2008, Irish society has been thrown into a tumultuous period of adjustment. The social and economic consequences of the crisis present Irish society with a series of new challenges related to high levels of unemployment, emigration and the social impacts of austerity programmes. However, as the Celtic Tiger was as much an imaginative construct as a material one, Irish society is presented with a double-barrelled betrayal. The collapse of the Celtic Tiger represented not only the decline of a certain economic model but also the disintegration of

in Spacing Ireland
Landscape, mobility and politics after the crash

the intersection between Ballymun and the M50 in Dublin became home to fifty-four Roma adults and children. They set up shelter in conditions generally only found in developing world slums (Figure 5.1). In a controversy characterised by overt racism, they were eventually deported. Meanwhile, during 2011, in a practice that had echoes of the Whiteboys (the eighteenth-century Irish rural resistance movement), several police mobile safety cameras were burned out across the country in protest at billion-euro bank bailouts that forced the State into stinging austerity

in Spacing Ireland
Re-inventing open space in Greece and Switzerland

the healthy nutrition of cities, even in developed countries (FAO, 2010; Zezza and Tasciotti, 2010). This trend recalls the self-​sufficiency gardens that flourished significantly during industrialisation and the world wars in response to severe food crises specifically targeting the poor urban population. In particular, economic decline and negative socio-​economic impacts of austerity measures in southern Europe gave a boost to socially oriented policies regarding urban gardening and further mobilised a vibrant urban socio-​political movement that symbolically re

in Urban gardening and the struggle for social and spatial justice