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Recognition, Equality and Democracy

Theoretical Perspectives on Irish Politics

Edited by Jurgen De Wispelaere, Cillian McBride, Shane O’Neill

Routledge – 2008 – 228 pages

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    April 25th 2008

Description

This volume brings together a range of theoretical responses to issues in Irish politics. Its organising ideas: recognition, equality, and democracy set the terms of political debate within both jurisdictions. For some, there are significant tensions between the grammar of recognition, concerned with esteem, respect and the symbolic aspects of social life, and the logic of equality, which is primarily concerned with the distribution of material resources and formal opportunities, while for others, tensions are produced rather by certain interpretations of these ideas while alternative readings may, by contrast, serve as the basis for a systematic account of social and political inequality. The essays in this collection will explore these interconnections with reference to the politics of Northern Ireland and the Republic. The Republic has gone through a period in which its constitution was the focus for a liberal politics aimed at securing personal autonomy, while Northern Ireland’s political landscape has been shaped by the problem of securing political autonomy and democratic legitimacy. While the papers address key questions facing each particular polity, the issues themselves have resonances for politics on each side of the border.

Contents

  1. Introduction: Theorising Politics
  2. Jurgen De Wispelaere, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Philosophy

    Cillian McBride, Queen’s University Belfast, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy

    Shane O’Neill, Queen’s University Belfast, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy

  3. Critical Theory and Ethno-National Conflict: Assessing Northern Ireland’s Peace Process as a Model of Conflict Resolution.
  4. Shane O’Neill, Queen’s Belfast, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy

  5. Illegal in Ireland, Irish Illegals: Diaspora Nation as Racial State.
  6. Ronit Lentin, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Sociology

  7. Democratic Autonomy, Women’s Interests and Institutional Context.
  8. Ian O’Flynn, Newcastle University, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

  9. Comprehensive Liberalism and Civic Education in the Republic of Ireland.
  10. Graham Finlay, UCD, School of Politics and International Relations

  11. The Battle(s) Over Children’s Rights in the Irish Constitution.
  12. Aoife Nolan, Queen’s University Belfast, School of Law

  13. Disability Rights in Ireland: Chronicle of a Missed Opportunity.
  14. Jurgen De Wispelaere, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Philosophy

    Judy Walsh, School of Social Justice, University College Dublin

  15. How to Think About Marriage: Autonomy, Equality, Recognition.
  16. Pete Morriss, National University of Ireland- Galway, Department of Sociological and Political Studies

  17. The Regulation of Public Space in Northern Ireland.
  18. Ciarán O’Kelly, Queen’s University Belfast, School of Law

    Dominic Bryan , Queen’s University Belfast, School of History and Anthropology

  19. Identity, Unity, and the Limits of Democracy.

Cillian McBride, Queen’s University Belfast, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy

Author Bio

Jurgen De Wispelaere lectures in political philosophy at the Dept. of Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin.

Cillian McBride is a lecturer in political theory, at the School of Politics, International Studies, & Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast.

Shane O’ Neill is Professor of Political Theory, at the School of Politics, International Studies, & Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast.

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Description: Edited by Jurgen De Wispelaere, Cillian McBride, Shane O’Neill. This volume brings together a range of theoretical responses to issues in Irish politics. Its organising ideas: recognition, equality, and democracy set the terms of political debate within both jurisdictions. For some, there are significant tensions...
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