This book analyses and critiques Irish society in the early twenty-first century, but seeks to do so by consciously avoiding myth-making and generalisation. It invites readers to revisit and rethink twelve events that span the years 2001-2009. It shows that all of these events reveal crucial intersections of structural power and resistance in contemporary Ireland. The book shows how the events carry traces of both social structure and human agency. They were shaped by overarching political, economic, social and cultural currents; but they were also responses to proposals, protests, advocacy and demands that have been articulated by a broad spectrum of social actors. The book also explores how power works ideologically and through policy instruments to support dominant models of capital accumulation. Identities are constructed at the interface between public policy, collective commitments and individual biographies. They mobilise both power and resistance, as they move beyond the realm of the personal and become focal points for debates about rights, responsibilities, resources and even the borders of the nation itself. The book suggests that conceptions of Irish identity and citizenship are being redrawn in more positive ways. Family is the cornerstone, the natural, primary and fundamental unit group of society. Marriage is the religious, cultural, commercial, and political institution that defines and embeds its values. The book presents a 2004 High Court case taken by Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan for legal recognition of their marriage as a same-sex couple, which had taken place a year previously in Canada.
class domination and capitalaccumulation.
Against this backdrop, convict hopes of family formation or reunion, of
sexual and intimate relations and of a private life were destined not
only to become more tenuous and fragile but increasingly also matters of
class conflict and contestation. While – as numerous historical
studies have shown – relations between male and female convicts
comments generally on debates around exogeneity, endogeneity, and the role of the state and other institutions in managing money. The second section illustrates this, drawing on important historical examples of the essential role of states and other financial institutions in monetary affairs and hence in capitalaccumulation. It is impossible to tell the history of money within the scope of a single short chapter, but six important examples emphasise the conceptual points. Making fewer direct references to the work of Marx or Keynes, this section develops the earlier
mindful of the distinguishing socio-cultural characteristics of Ireland at the time, he points to a recurring ‘pathology of the institution’ which has transcended geographic and national borders.
This book also explores how power works ideologically and through policy instruments to support dominant models of capitalaccumulation. Fiona Dukelow ( Chapter 9 ) discusses how neo-liberalism as both an ideology and practice continues to ‘fail forward’, despite being implicated as cause and after-effect of the global economic crisis. Since Ireland’s recession was
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The decade of the 1960s was one of heightened radical political activity in
crucial centres of capitalaccumulation (Horowitz, 1968: v).2 The Vietnam
War, in particular, provided the impetus for the explosion of anti-capitalist
campaigns across the Western world (Callinicos, 1994: 63). The period saw
the emergence of a ‘new left’, whose ideology centred around personal
liberation, participatory democracy, anti-racism and anti-sexism, direct
action, community decision-making, and
and behaviour. Both cities witnessed some degree of economic
integration taking place in that Muslim immigrants at one point
worked alongside their indigenous counterparts as factory workers and
transport drivers. Research reveals how these immigrants used training
and capital-accumulation in these sectors in order to establish small
businesses, indicating that perhaps not economic integration, but
rather economic independence has been the long-term goal of
Newcastle and Bremen’s Muslim immigrants. The initial differences
between the Gastarbeiter in Bremen who
stage curtain and expose those systemic relations that are usually obscured. To do this, I conceptualise the monarchy as a capitalist corporation, oriented towards, and historically entrenched in, processes of capitalaccumulation, profit extraction and forms of exploitation – processes that the Paradise Papers made temporarily hypervisible. ‘The Firm’ is a longstanding nickname for the British monarchy (see Chapter 1 ), but I use this name more literally to refer to the monarchy as a corporation, using ‘Firm’ and ‘corporation’ as analogous. This enables me to
The workings of an all-female sickness fund, 1898–1931
moral economy in slightly different ways. Here the term will be used as an analytic tool to identify the accounting practices in a specific social setting and attribute agency to those involved in creating these practices.
Interpreting an organisation as a moral economy helps us understand economic practices in civil society. A moral economy, with strong roots in the social world and organised around mutual aid, participates in economic practices that are governed not simply by capitalaccumulation
sustainable futures yet only re-creates the past. Indeed, Charles could be interpreted as the living embodiment of the Firm as told in Running the Family Firm : an anachronistic institution utilising contemporary media technologies, socio-political shifts and forms of capitalaccumulation; yet not willing to forgo historical privileges.
contextualisation: the Firm is constantly reimagined in relation to socio-political shifts, from changes in capitalaccumulation to the expansion of media technologies, to varying gender roles. I have argued that representations of the royal family are central to obscuring the Firm's power.
But what happens when an heir to the throne marries a Black celebrity? Representations of Meghan confront the Firm with longer, complex, intersectional histories of racism (post-)colonialism, voice(lessness), servitude, media and celebrity, genealogy, gender, feminism