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ISBN 9780415944236
Published October 11, 2007 by Routledge
304 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Global Ireland offers a concise synthesis of globalization's dramatic impact on Ireland. In the past fifteen years, Ireland has transformed from a sleepy and depressed European backwater to the 'emerald tiger', a country with a booming economy based on knowledge and high-tech industries. Not long ago it was one of the poorest and most traditional countries in Europe, yet now it is one of the wealthiest and most cosmopolitan. Using a number of case studies of Ireland's transition, Tom Inglis explains what this means for traditional Irish culture and society, and offers an incisive social portrait of globalizing Ireland.

Concise, descriptive, interdisciplinary and theoretically informed, this volume is an ideal introduction to Ireland.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. The Economic Field  3. The Political Field  4. The Social Field  5. The Cultural Field: Global Penetration

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Tom Inglis is Associate Professor of Sociology at University College Dublin. He is author of three books on Ireland: Moral Monopoly, Lessons in Irish Sexuality, and Truth, Power and Lies.


"Global Ireland is quite simply a masterpiece. Tom Inglis has set out to connect
the small personal worlds of family, community, tradition and place, with the
large-scale processes of globalization. His canvas is the modern history of
Ireland, and the challenge is to explain how a small country with a robust
sense of its own cultural distinctiveness has nonetheless been transformed into
one of the most globalized countries in the world. Clearly written and
well-informed, subtle and sensitive to paradox, this book will have a wide
readership among all those interested in Ireland, globalization and the Irish
diaspora, and will become a reference point for years to come."
- Robert Holton, University of Dublin, Trinity College


With Global Ireland, Inglis brings his critique of Irish Society right up to date by showing the impact globalisation has exerted on a certain notion of 'Irishness' The book is thought provoking and challenging. Eamon Maher