In Ireland we are not particularly good at distinguishing the massed public from a Massed public. Because we didn’t ‘get’ the Enlightenment like Scotland, England or France, social scientific accounts of a political imaginary called Irish society conceive of Ireland as a plurality of homogeneous communities. Consequently, the Irish state tends to be characterised as epiphenomenal, a reflection of a multitude of localisms. … More Catholic is not Irish is not catholic.
Is it coy of me or just naive to question the conditions under which a discussion of gay marriage takes place on a topical TV show? Last night as I settled on the couch with a beer (brought by a friend staying the night), I switched over to Channel 4’s 10 O’Clock Live. … More The clapping, always with the clapping.
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 argues that individualist conceptions of subjectivity have taken firm roots in democracies in Western Europe. These liberal democratic roots have grown into very complex democratic systems, mutually interdependent and secular in their composition. The individualist conception of our own subjectivity makes itself visible in discussions about who is secular and who is religious. … More ‘Being’ religious and ‘becoming’ secular
What is different about a War on Terror is that it blurs the distinction between citizen/subject and military personnel to the extent that the very idea of sovereignty is questionable. … More Talal Asad at EASA, Maynooth