In which I knock a hole in left wing politics in Ireland and peer through it. … More Profit / prophet
Academic sociology and geography (those I am most familiar with) for the most part conceives of other erasures. The core of my argument is that these academic disciplines reproduce working class cultures on their behalf. (Now erase that cloth cap from your mind’s eye.) … More Speculative positionality
Thanks to the part sponsorship of the Geographical Society of Ireland, I am off to the Nordic Geographers’ Conference in June. The conference is in Reykjavik and so much of the first few days will be an attempt to understand why the sun hardly sets. Like some others I am planning for 2013 (CIG, ISASR), … More Conferences for 2013
The overreaction implicit in Warsi’s argument is that secularisation has taken complete control over something called our culture, as if this is universally agreed upon and can elide massive gulfs that exist between a radical ministry to working class communities in Leeds and the kind of high church that Warsi is thinking of. … More How far is ‘too far’ again?
It seems to me now that Ireland’s complacent, property-obsessed middle classes (yes, that’s me) are in a similar position. We think that making the banks work ‘properly’ again is the objective of these ‘adjustments’. It is not for this objective that the hospital wards are closing this year. This is little short of the Irish economy being turned inside out for shareholder value. … More 3. work if you can 4. dream. 5. act