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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.

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/10/2013 12:20:07 Introduction 5 shape fictions rooted in and refracting St. Petersburg and Rio de Janeiro, as a function of peculiarly parallel development on geo-political and mythical planes, on the material landscape and within cultural memory. Offering an alternative mapping to the many surveys of modernism grounded in concentric contexts (Paris and London, in particular) and to consequently concentric constructions of modernist consciousness, as well as an alternative to examinations of eccentric modernism only in terms of derivation and delay, this study traces

in EccentriCities
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Conclusion     131 make the edge as important as the center’ (1988:  28). Hopefully, the research conducted here also provides some useful input to scholars working to understand the national and local dynamics of Arctic politics as well. Furthermore, the boundaries we have focused on have primarily been political boundaries, conceived of and realised in the landscape through the workings of state power over centuries. With the focus on these constructed boundaries (and the crossing of them), the material landscape of the Arctic (both its expanses and its depths

in Arctic governance

of Ireland’s wetlands. The importance of earthy imagery in The Faerie Queene takes on new resonance when read within the context of a material landscape notorious for its ‘watery soyle’ and treacherous coastline. 17 Jon A. Quitslund comments, for example, that Spenser often represents ‘earth and water together as the substratum of animate life’; 18 however, the contexts brought to bear on Spenser’s poetry by the violence and labour involved in colonial plantation refigure cosmic archetypes as localised struggle. By anchoring readings in the kinds of

in Edmund Spenser and the romance of space
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Geographies of the post-boom era

Tiger and its subsequent demise was a ‘spatial drama’ involving transformation in the material landscape and the imaginative representation of the island. Fuelled by what the progressive Irish think-thank TASC has characterised as the Dublin Consensus – a mix of neoliberal and entrepreneurial discourses that consistently denied growing inequality and social exclusion – the Tiger years were read as the ‘best of times’ (Fahey, Russell and Whelan, 2007; Jacobson, Kirby and Ó Broin, 2006). The Celtic Tiger was very successful at generating a coherent image of Ireland in

in Spacing Ireland
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as a set of interpretations that they attached to the social behaviours, economic activity and cultural inscriptions that they believed were enacted at particular locales in the material landscape. The meanings of place that attached to a particular locale for a given individual were inter-subjective. That is, they were informed by that person’s accumulating experience of other place meanings

in Imperial spaces

attributes. Signs of their production are everywhere, simultaneously embedded in the material landscape and in narrative and song: Every action of the ancestral beings had a consequence on the form of the landscape. The places where they emerged from the earth became waterholes or the entrances to caves; where they walked, watercourses flowed; and trees grew where they stuck their digging sticks in the ground … where they died hills formed in the shape of their bodies, or lakes formed from pools of their blood. Over time the features of the earth began to take shape, and

in Contemporary Olson
Shaping and remembering an imperial city, 1870–1911

these celebrations of the modern nation consistently proposed direct connections across history with the Rome of antiquity. Notwithstanding Gentile’s caveats, we want to highlight here the role of ideas of empire and, crucially, their articulation through the urban fabric in the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Italy in 1911. Among the earliest large-scale attempts to display the classical heritage of Rome through the material landscapes of the city were the excavations of the Roman Forum and Trajan

in Imperial cities
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politics, as does the decision to not allow non-resident Irish citizens to vote. This contrast between more and less visible forms of social transformation occurs in politics, in workplaces and in cultural landscapes. Chapters 4 and 5 detailed some of the different ways in which migration transforms material landscapes, such as through new buildings, new activities or new uses of existing spaces. For example, migration sometimes results in new types of multi- or plurilingualism, or in new places of worship, or in new shops or restaurants or other social spaces. These are

in Ireland and migration in the twenty-first century
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in the contemporary world because of these limits to how we count. They also fail because they cannot fully demonstrate the meaning of migration, both for those who are not migrants as well as for those who move. Migration and migrants change the places they move to. For example, the material landscapes of cities, towns and rural areas are transformed as a result of migration. New businesses emerge to serve the needs of new arrivals. These may include food stores, cafes, hairdressers, bars and money transfer facilities, and they provide employment as well as

in Ireland and migration in the twenty-first century