In light of the innumerable interventions that characterise the transformation of Ireland over the last two decades, Spacing Ireland: Place, society and culture in a post-boom era explores questions of 'space' and 'place' to understand the nature of major social, cultural and economic change in contemporary Ireland.
The authors explore the intersections between everyday life and global exchanges through the contexts of the 'stuff' of contemporary everyday encounters: food, housing, leisure, migration, music, shopping, travel and work. These are the multiple layers of space we now inhabit. Ireland is a turbulent place. It is fruitful to consider the contemporary geographies of the island through the various forms where change is expressed. The wide range of topics addressed in the collection and the plurality of spaces they represent make the book appealing not only to students and academics, but to anyone who follows social, cultural and economic developments in Ireland. -- .
Caroline Crowley is Research Associate with the Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century (ISS21) at University College Cork Denis Linehan is Lecturer in Human Geography at University College Cork -- .
Preface Introduction: Geographies of the post-boom era Part I: Spacing belonging 1. Ghost estates: Spaces and spectres of Ireland after NAMA 2. 'Of course I'm not Irish': Young people in migrant worker families in Ireland 3. Migrants in the fields: Making work pay 4. Raising the emerald curtain: Communities and collaboration along the Irish border Part II: Mobility, space and consumption 5. Reading the Irish motorway: Landscape, mobility and politics after the 'Crash' 6. Lone parents, leisure mobilities and the everyday 7. Rethinking the liveable city in a post boom-time Ireland 8. Flocking north: Renegotiating the Irish border 9. Growth amidst decline: Ireland's grassroots food growing movement Part III: Culture and place 10. Ancestors in the field: Irish farming knowledges 11. Health and wellness or conspicuous consumption? The spa in Celtic Tiger Ireland 12. 'Traditional Irish music here tonight': Exploring the session space 13. 'Through American eyes': A hundred years of Ireland in the National Geographic Magazine Index -- .