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Place, society and culture in a post-boom era

Ireland is a turbulent place. This book engages readers with the contours of transformation of Irish society through a series of distinct episodes and sites where change can be confronted. The content of the book intersects with the boom and bust themes to explore the economic and social implications of the recession. The processes are as diverse as cross-border development, farming knowledges, food movements, and the evolution of traditional Irish music. The modernisation of Irish society during the Celtic Tiger and its subsequent demise was a 'spatial drama' involving transformation in the material landscape and the imaginative representation of the island. The first part of the book explores the revolving intersections of identity politics with place. It tracks the discovery of the ghost estate and the ways in which it has been implicated in debates about the Irish economic crash, complicating ideas of home and community. After a discussion on immigration, the book discusses the role of migrants in filling labour and skill shortages. The second part pays attention to questions of mobility and consumption in urban and rural contexts. The new Irish motorway network, free time, leisure and holidaying in the lives of lone parents during the Celtic Tiger, and the role of National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) are discussed. The third part explores diverse cultural practices and some longstanding representations of Ireland. An autobiographical tour of the pub session, National Geographic's representations of Irish landscape and the current Irish imagination are the key concepts of this part.

Sandra Buchanan

, Cross-Border Development, Social Inclusion, Productive Investment and Industrial Development and District Partnerships (in the North only), with a seventh priority, Technical Assistance, supporting the whole programme. They consisted of twenty-four measures, 24 many of which were similar to those addressed by the IFI, with the recurrent themes of employment, education and training and social inclusion running

in Transforming conflict through social and economic development
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Geographies of the post-boom era
Denis Linehan
Caroline Crowley

varying extents with the boom and bust themes to explore the economic and social implications of the recession in terms of processes as diverse as cross-border development, farming knowledges, food movements, and the evolution of traditional Irish music. Observations on the overarching theme of ‘change’ run through the case studies and topics addressed in this collection, which are also attentive to the relationships between space, place, landscape, identity and society. In both historical phases – boom and bust – the modernisation of Irish society during the Celtic

in Spacing Ireland
Communities and collaboration along the Irish border
Caroline Creamer
Brendan O’Keeffe

stakeholders involved in cross-border development tending to increase exponentially with the growth of political and economic opportunities. In order to better understand and highlight the extent and specifics of collaboration on the island of Ireland, and specifically within the border corridor, the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD)6 undertook in-depth studies of cross-border settlements (Creamer et al., 2008). 63 Spacing belonging Figure 4.2 The ICLRD case study areas The research objectives were to determine whether there was an existing

in Spacing Ireland
Sandra Buchanan

’s priorities included supporting employment, urban and rural regeneration, cross-border development, social inclusion, productive investment and industrial development, and district partnerships (in Northern Ireland only).21 Peace II was essentially a continuation of Peace I, from 2000–04, providing a further €835 million. In February 2005, a two-year extension was announced to the end of 2006, providing a further €160 million. Its rationale was based on ‘the continuing overwhelming need to maintain the momentum for peace. In particular, the prevailing economic and social

in Theories of International Relations and Northern Ireland
Ethnic minorities and localities in China’s border encounters with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam
Victor Konrad
Zhiding Hu

tradition, identity and attachment to place and space. Both locality and ethnicity, then, help to create borderscapes and imaginaries of borders and borderlands, and to anchor the narratives associated with these imaginaries. The national interests of China, and its neighbours Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar, are ostensibly aligned to craft border imaginaries and narratives of cross-border development, economic expansion and global connection, although, in South-East Asia, China dominates the imaginary, and the BRI narrative prevails. Yet, media forms of

in Border images, border narratives
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Europeanisation breakthrough
Boyka Stefanova

reference to the difficult political situation, and established priorities for cross-border development. The EP found that cross-border links suffered from the uneven development between the North and the South and proposed to the Irish government devolution and regionalisation (European Parliament 1987: 7). Outside political initiatives, acting upon its conventional economic assistance and peace dividend

in The Europeanisation of conflict resolution
The economic dynamics
Mary C. Murphy

Williamson 2000). Corresponding geographically to District Council areas, 52 Northern Ireland and the European Union Table 3.3  EU Peace programmes in Northern Ireland 1995–2013 Programme Funding period Priorities EU allocationa Peace I 1995–99 Employment Urban and rural regeneration Cross-border development Social inclusion Productive investment and industrial development District partnerships Technical assistance €400 million Peace II 2000–6 b Economic renewal Social integration, inclusion and regeneration Locally based regeneration and development

in Northern Ireland and the European Union
Derek Birrell

councils and the agreed aim was to seek cross-border development opportunities. Local Government cooperation exists in other formats, in one to one linkages, for example, the Newry–Dundalk councils linkage. It has also become common for councils to develop partnerships with other statutory bodies on a crossborder basis. This was necessary because of the differences in functions between councils north and south. Thus councils in the south wishing a link with housing bodies in the north had to collaborate with the BDR09.indd 190 3/23/2009 4:12:50 PM Cross

in Direct rule and the governance of Northern Ireland
Sandra Buchanan

EU adopted for its various funding programmes for Northern Ireland. The importance of IFI funding to Northern Ireland is clear when compared to other EU funding. In terms of cross-border development for example: The total EU contribution proposed for INTERREG II is approximately £110 million over the

in Transforming conflict through social and economic development