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  1. 1. Department of Sociology First Year, 2010-11 SO102 Modern Irish Society Professor Seán Ó Riain JH1, Tuesday 2pm and 3pmTutorials for this course will run from week 3 to week 10 and attendance is compulsory.Contact Information:3.6 AuxiliaPhone: 708-3688Email: sean.oriain@nuim.ieOffice Hours: Tuesday 10.30-11.30 or by appointmentOverviewIn this course we will explore the major features of contemporary Irish society. In a time ofcrisis, we ask what kind of society is Ireland today? What are the ties that bind us togetherwithin the society and the lines along which we are divided? What kinds of social relationsand institutions govern our behaviour, our economic well being, our beliefs and values, andour sense of who we are? What kinds of person is it possible to be in Ireland today? Howhas Ireland come to be organised in these ways? Does our politics allow us to makedemocratic collective choices about the organisation of Irish society?In the process of answering these questions, we also undertake the task of analysing thestructure and the processes that make up a ‘whole’ society. The focus of the course is onthis ‘macro’ organisation of Irish society, where most of the material you covered in firstsemester modules addressed the link between individuals and the broader society. You willtherefore expand your ‘toolbox’ of sociological analysis, including how to interpret the kindsof data that sociologists have used as evidence for their arguments about Irish society.Finally, the module draws heavily (although not exclusively) on research done by staff in theDepartment of Sociology at NUI Maynooth so you will also be introduced to the researchwork of the department of which you are a part. Enjoy! 1
  2. 2. In lectures we explore the key themes of the course, both through my own lectures andthrough dialogue in the class. You should attend all lectures – the powerpoint slides willNOT be a full summary of the lectures and our discussions. Please don’t hesitate to contactme with any questions you might have.Tutorials will focus on the analytical skills you need to carry out sociological analysis. Thetutorials in the Reading and Writing Sociology programme will use readings from the courseas a way to develop your skills in interpreting sociological readings, assessing the evidencethey use and evaluating the arguments that they build. They will also assist you in yourpreparation for essay writing, in doing library research, and in reflecting on what you havelearned about your approach to being a sociologist. Finally, they will introduce you to someof the kinds of evidence that sociologists use in their research – comparisons, statistics andqualitative data like interviews and observations. The themes of the tutorials will beintroduced in lectures but will only be fully developed in tutorials. Further details ontutorials are available in the course outline for the first year tutorial programme.IMPORTANT NOTE: While you will be using readings from the course in your tutorials,activities in tutorials will use these readings to develop your analytical skills. The primarygoal of tutorials is NOT to help you understand the course readings – it is to develop yourskills of critical thinking and sociological analysis. Of course, this should also add to yourunderstanding of the course reading material.Goals of the CourseBy the end of this course, you should • Have a good understanding of the major features of contemporary Irish society • Understand the main conceptual frameworks that seek to explain the nature of Irish society • Understand the variety of ways that societies are shaped and transformed • Be able to apply the ‘sociological imagination’ to the analysis of the structures and processes of a ‘whole society’ • Be able to interpret, explain and evaluate sociological readings and evidence • Have a deeper understanding of your own uses of sociological thinkingOrganisation of the CourseThe course is organized into five main parts:PART ONE: Irish Society through the Lens of the CrisisPART TWO : Social OrganisationPART THREE: Economy and SocietyPART FOUR: Culture and Social ChangePART FIVE: Politics and Society 2
  3. 3. ReadingsMoodle and Course Readings:The course has a moderate reading load and you are expected to read all of the readings.Almost all of the readings are available through the class website on moodle.Further information on moodle will be available in lecture. It is well worth familiarisingyourself with moodle (https://moodle.nuim.ie/2011/ )If you registered for this module, you will be automatically enrolled in the moodle site. Ifnot, you will need an enrolment key.The enrolment key is rpvr475Overview Texts:The following books provide fairly recent overview accounts of Irish society:Share, P., H. Tovey and M. Corcoran, 2007. A Sociology of Ireland Gill and Macmillan: DublinFahey, T., H. Russell and C. Whelan, eds., 2007. Best of Times? The Social Impact of the CelticTiger IPA: DublinOSullivan, S. , Ed. 2007. Contemporary Ireland: A Sociological Map Dublin: UCD Press.There is a catalogue of qualitative research studies done in Ireland available through theIrish Qualitative Data Archive (NUI Maynooth) here:http://na-srv-1dv.nuim.ie/iqda/archive/collection/iqda:64Much of the quantitative sociological research done in Ireland has been carried out throughresearchers currently or formerly at the Economic and Social Research Institute. You cansearch for their publications here:http://www.esri.ie/publications/latest_publications/ 3
  4. 4. Irish Sociological Chronicles:You should also find it useful to review the Irish Sociological Chronicles series, produced outof the Department of Sociology here at NUI Maynooth:P. Share and M.Corcoran (eds) 2010. Ireland of the Illusions IPA: DublinM. Corcoran and P. Share (eds) 2008. Belongings IPA: DublinM. Corcoran and M. Peillon (eds) 2006. Uncertain Ireland IPA: DublinM. Peillon and M.Corcoran (eds) 2004. Place and Non-Place IPA: DublinM. Corcoran and M. Peillon (eds) 2002. Ireland Unbound IPA: DublinE. Slater and M.Peillon (eds) 2000. Memories of the Present IPA: DublinM. Peillon and E. Slater (eds) 1998. Encounters with Modern Ireland IPA: DublinJournals:The following journals contain a lot of useful sociological analysis of Ireland (as well as otherapproaches and topics).They can be accessed online through the Library’s e-journals service.http://library.nuim.ie/electronic-resources/electronic-journalsIrish Journal of SociologyEconomic and Social Review (http://www.esr.ie/)European Sociological Review (search for articles regarding Ireland)Sociology (search for articles regarding Ireland)There are of course, many more journals with good articles on Ireland. 4
  5. 5. COURSE OUTLINEPART ONE: Irish Society through the Lens of the Crisis1st FebruaryIreland through the Lens of the CrisisHere is a sampling of short pieces on blogs and in the popular press on different elements ofthe crisis.Rob Kitchin, Frank Macdonald, Kathy Sheridan and Michael Hennigan on developers:http://theviewfromthebluehouse.blogspot.com/2009/11/review-of-builders-by-frank-mcdonald.htmlhttp://www.finfacts.ie/irishfinancenews/article_1015142.shtmlRob Kitchin, David Murphy and Martina Devlin on Bankers:http://irelandafternama.wordpress.com/2009/12/02/review-of-banksters-by-david-murphy-and-martina-devlin-hachette-2009/Elaine Byrne on Fianna Fail: http://elaine.ie/?p=832Dearbhail McDonald and Shane Ross on regulation:http://www.independent.ie/national-news/financial-crisis/if-fitzpatrick-lived-in-new-york-hed---have-been-arrested-1605179.htmlhttp://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/neary-was-john-cleese-to-fawlty-towers-of-irish-regulation-1598157.htmlPaul O’Mahony on consumerism and hedonism:http://www.herald.ie/opinion/how-celtic-tiger-era-fulled-a-violence-boom-2175461.htmlPaul Krugman on neo-liberalism:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/08/opinion/08krugman.htmlBreda O’Brien on ethics:http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2010/1120/1224283769687.htmlFintan O’Toole on elites:http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2010/1102/1224282482641.htmlWhat kind of society is Ireland?Peillon, M. 1994. “Placing Ireland in a Comparative Perspective” Economic and Social Review25, 2, 179-195Share, P., H. Tovey and M. Corcoran, 2007. ‘Sociology and Modernity’ pp. 7-22 in ASociology of Ireland Gill and Macmillan: Dublin 5
  6. 6. 8th FebruaryIreland: A Brief Sociological HistoryBreen, R et al, 1990. Understanding Contemporary Ireland pp. 1-11, 101-122Statistical overview (for reference):CSO, 2009. Measuring Ireland’s Progress CSO: Dublinhttp://www.cso.ie/releasespublications/documents/other_releases/2009/progress2009/measuringirelandprogress2009.pdfCSO,2004 Ireland and the EU1973-2003:Economic and Social Change CSO: Dublinhttp://eumatters.ie/getmedia/a6fbe03e-a168-4ac7-a6f9-f0903845761f/CSO-Ireland-and-EU-Doc.aspxPART TWO : Social Organisation15th FebruaryCommunityCorcoran, M., J. Gray and M. Peillon, 2007. “Ties that Bind? The Social Fabric of Daily Life inNew Suburbs” pp. 175-198 in T. Fahey, H. Russell and C. Whelan, eds., 2007. Best of Times?The Social Impact of the Celtic Tiger IPA: DublinCorcoran, M. 2008. “ Communities of ‘Limited Liability’” pp. 259-273 in M. Corcoran and P.Share (eds.) Belongings IPA: DublinSlater, E. 2006. “The M50: A ‘Lugly’ Construct” pp. 143-156 in M. Corcoran and M.PeillonUncertain Ireland IPA: Dublin* TUTORIAL 1: Comparative Analysis: What Kind of Society is Ireland? Reading: Peillon, M. 1994. “Placing Ireland in a Comparative Perspective” Economic andSocial Review 25, 2, 179-19515th February – Essay Titles distributed 6
  7. 7. 22nd FebruaryClass and InequalityTASC, 2010. Mapping the Golden Circle TASC: Dublinhttp://www.tascnet.ie/upload/file/MtGC%20ISSU.pdfMcCoy, S., D. Byrne, P. O’Connell, E. Kelly and C. Doherty Hidden Disadvantage ? A Study onthe Low Participation in Higher Education by the Lower Non-Manual Group HEA: Dublin pp.161-171http://www.esri.ie/UserFiles/publications/20100205141520/BKMNEXT146.pdfGray, Jane (2010) Poverty and the Life Cycle in 20th Century Ireland: Changing Experiencesof Childhood, Education and the Transition to Adulthood. Combat Poverty Agency.http://eprints.nuim.ie/2002/Background Reading - for overview of trends in income inequality and social mobility see:Nolan, B. And B. Maitre, 2007. “Economic Growth and Income Inequality” pp. 27-42 in T.Fahey, H. Russell and C. Whelan (eds.) Best of Times? The Social Impact of the Celtic TigerIPA: DublinWhelan, CT and R. Layte, 2007. “Opportunities for All in the New Ireland” pp. 67-86 in T.Fahey, H. Russell and C. Whelan (eds.) Best of Times? The Social Impact of the Celtic TigerIPA: DublinSee also the reviews of this volume at http://www.esr.ie/Vol39_2/04-Review.pdf* TUTORIAL 2: ESSAY PREPARATION1st MarchGender and GenerationsFahey, T. and C. Field, 2008. Families in Ireland Stationery Office: Dublin pp. 6-8 and 29-54O’Hara, P. 1997. “Women on Family Farms – Wives, Workers and Mothers” Irish Journal ofSociology 7: 124-130Leonard, M.2009. “Helping with housework: exploring teenagers perceptions of familyobligations” Irish Journal of Sociology 17, 1, 1-18* TUTORIAL 3: Library research 7
  8. 8. PART THREE: Economy and Society8th MarchEconomic GlobalisationRuane, J. 2010. Irelands multiple interface-periphery development model: Achievementsand limits In: Boss, Michael (eds). The Nation-State in Transformation: EconomicGlobalisation, Institutional Mediation and Political Values. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press.Murray, P. “Americanisation and Irish Industrial Development 1948-2008” NIRSA WorkingPaper 42http://www.nuim.ie/nirsa/research/documents/americanisationWP_000.pdfO’ Brennan, J., 2010 (forthcoming), ‘Ireland and the EU: reflections on the experience ofmembership’, in John Hogan (ed.), Ireland: Business and Society, Oaktree Press.* TUTORIAL 4: Argument and EvidenceReading: Corcoran, M., J. Gray and M. Peillon, 2007. “Ties that Bind? The Social Fabric ofDaily Life in New Suburbs” pp. 175-198 in T. Fahey, H. Russell and C. Whelan, eds., 2007.Best of Times? The Social Impact of the Celtic Tiger IPA: DublinFebruary 14th-18th : STUDY WEEK22nd MarchState and DevelopmentÓ Riain, S. 2010. “Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: Ireland Rediscovers Crisis”pp.23-36 in P. Share and M.Corcoran (eds) Ireland of the Illusions IPA: DublinKirby, P. 2010. The Celtic Tiger in Collapse Palgrave pp. 1-10* TUTORIAL 5: Comparing and Contrasting ArgumentsReading: Ó Riain, S. 2010. “Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: Ireland RediscoversCrisis” pp.23-36 in P. Share and M.Corcoran (eds) Ireland of the Illusions IPA: DublinKirby, P. 2010. The Celtic Tiger in Collapse Palgrave pp. 1-10 8
  9. 9. PART FOUR: Culture and Social Change29th MarchNationalisms: Who are ‘We’?Fahey, T., B. Hayes and R.Sinnott, 2005. “Identity” pp. 57-86 in Conflict and Consensus IPA:DublinConway, B. (2008) “Local Conditions, Global Environment and Transnational Discourses inMemory Work: The Case of Bloody Sunday (1972)” Memory Studies 1, 2, 187-209.http://eprints.nuim.ie/940/* TUTORIAL 6: Quantitative AnalysisReading: Fahey, T., B. Hayes and R.Sinnott, 2005. “Identity” pp. 57-86 in Conflict andConsensus IPA: Dublin31st March – ESSAY DUE5th AprilMigration: Who are ‘They’?Ruane, Joseph (2010) Ethnicity, religion and peoplehood: Protestants in France and inIreland. Ethnopolitics, 9 (1):121-135. Ni Laoire,C. 2009. “Complicating host-newcomer dualisms: Irish return migrants as home-comers or newcomers” Translocations 4, 1http://www.translocations.ie/Vol_4_Issue_1_Caitriona_Ni_Laoire.docKing- O’Riain, R. 2006. “Re-racialising the Irish state through the census, citizenship andlanguage” pp. 275-293 in A. and R Lentin (eds) Race and State Cambridge Scholars Presshttp://eprints.nuim.ie/506/1/re_racialising.pdf* TUTORIAL 7: Qualitative AnalysisReading: Ni Laoire,C. 2009. “Complicating host-newcomer dualisms: Irish return migrantsas home-comers or newcomers” Translocations 4, 1 9
  10. 10. 12th April‘Modern’ Values?Fahey, T., B. Hayes and R.Sinnott, 2005. “Religion” pp. 30-56 in Conflict and Consensus IPA:DublinInglis, T. 2008. “Ballivor” pp. 195-248 in Global Ireland: Same Difference Routledge* TUTORIAL 8: Essay reflection and Exam Preparation18th-25th April: Easter HolidayPART FIVE: Politics and Society26th AprilNetworks and PublicsKomito, L. 1992. “Brokerage or Friendship? Politics and Networks in Ireland” Economic andSocial Review 23, 2, 129-145 http://www.ucd.ie/lkomito/broker.htmLarragy, J. and B.Bartley, 2007. “Transformations in Governance” In B. Bartley and R. Kitchin(eds) Understanding Contemporary Ireland Pluto PressÓ Riain, S. 2006 “The University and the Public Sphere after the Celtic Tiger” MaynoothPhilosophical Papers http://eprints.nuim.ie/555/Social Movements: Inside or Outside the State?Cox, L. 2006. “News from Nowhere: The movement of movements in Ireland” chapter 10 inIn Niamh Hourigan and Linda Connolly (eds.), Social Movements and Ireland. Manchester:Manchester University Presshttp://eprints.nuim.ie/457/1/Social_movements_and_Ireland_book.pdfCullen, P. 2008. “Irish Women’s Organisations in an Enlarged Europe” in S. Roth GenderPolitics in the Expanding European Union: Mobilization, Inclusion, Exclusion Berghahn Bookshttp://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=Q5RRr4K_HTAC&oi=fnd&pg=PA83&dq=pauline+cullen+european&ots=ni8dA 10
  11. 11. m7Eoa&sig=CxLNuVmsRKTI2Z9M6YM2w92GGkY#v=onepage&q=pauline%20cullen%20european&f=false3rd MaySocial BargainsCoulter, C. and M. Murray, 2008. “Northern Ireland after the Troubles : An Introduction tothe Book” Chapter 1 in Coulter, C. and M. Murray (eds.) Northern Ireland after the Troubles?A Society in Transition Manchester University PressKirby, P. and M.Murphy 2008. A Better Ireland Is Possible Community Platformhttp://communityplatform.ie/uploads/A%20Better%20Ireland%20-%20pdf.pdfBeyond Economic Crisis?O’Brennan, J. “Ireland’s Existential Crisis: A Contrary View” Open Democracy websitehttp://www.opendemocracy.net/john-obrennan/ireland%E2%80%99s-existential-crisis-contrary-viewCoulter, C. “The country is broke”http://politico.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6955:qthe-country-is-brokeq&catid=253:the-country-is-broke&Itemid=1060Kerr, A. Interview with Aphra Kerr on the Irish games industry.http://www.komplettblog.ie/8475/irish-games-industry-aphra-kerr-interview/Article at:http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a915796655~frm=abslinkÓ Riain, S. ‘Stimulus for Development’http://www.progressive-economy.ie/2009/03/stimulus-for-development.htmlKitchin, R. “Haunted by past mistakes”http://irelandafternama.wordpress.com/2010/08/01/haunted-by-past-mistakes/Gray, J. “NAMA and the Public Sector: What’s the Connection?”http://irelandafternama.wordpress.com/2010/04/14/nama-and-the-public-sector-whats-the-connection/ 11

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