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Acceptance, critique and the bigger picture

several others chose their lifestyles well before the boom of the 1990s. The latter show that the search for quality of life and a critical attitude to a work–earn–spend culture are not necessarily short-lived phenomena. Some are living on very small incomes but they have also reduced outgoings and avoided debt. They all express a sense of responsibility for their own lives and a lack of reliance on institutions and leaders. They have experimented with the variables of paid work and unpaid work until they have found what is right for them. They speak of wanting enough

in The end of Irish history?
Framing excess in a Swedish newspaper group

million (EUR 63.1 million), which caused a liquidity crisis within the corporation. Several actions were taken to remedy this crisis in the following years: the organization was restructured, separating paper and online operations; downsizing plans were implemented; acquired companies were sold below cost price; and a new CEO was appointed. In December 2015, the situation became even more difficult after the Swedish Higher Court, following a European Union decision, changed the Value Added Tax (VAT) on printing. Now the group was suddenly in debt to the Swedish Tax

in Overwhelmed by overflows?

nature of institutions has been at the centre of Jill Rubery’s research (Bosch, Lehndorff and Rubery, 2009: 2). The possibility of spillover or domino effects from employment to welfare, family and the production spheres increases the scope of change and suggests the need for a multifaceted approach involving macroeconomic, labour and social reproduction objectives (Rubery, 2015). The Eurozone crisis has rekindled the debate on how to respond to shortand long-term change and to the hardships that it produces. The countries worse hit by the sovereign debt crises, in

in Making work more equal

interpreted as the refortification of class divisions and the criminalisation of poverty (Bauman, 1998a: 113–22; Short and Kim, 1999: 115–16), expressed most alarmingly in the ghettoisation of rich and poor areas (Body-Gendrot, 2000). Bauman’s account is not without problems (Warde, 1994), especially given his tendency to make sweeping generalisations that fit whatever metaphor he is captivated by at that moment. Even so, he is one of those whose approach is a welcome alternative to those who treat globalisation as a rupture in the historical condition (Giddens, 1991) and

in After the new social democracy
Class polarisation and neo-liberalism in the Irish Republic

increasing tendency to ‘downsize’ and replace permanent workers with ‘contingent workers’. The latter are temporary employees, often hired on short-term contracts or through employment agencies. Between 1978 and 1995, the top 100 US companies laid off, on a net basis, no less than twenty-two per cent of their workforce.8 Employment eih ch-3.P65 57 26/3/03, 15:09 58 Allen through temp agencies grew by 116 per cent between 1988 and 1996.9 Another way in which living standards were attacked was through a series of ‘give-backs’ – a euphemistic term for wage cuts

in The end of Irish history?
Chinua Achebe’s critique of cosmopolitics

explaining why it resonates today. chapter10 21/12/04 11:25 am Page 159 ‘The Killer That Doesn’t Pay Back’ 159 It is no surprise that Achebe should select the institution of the Post Office to launch his attack on imperialism. From Things Fall Apart onwards, Achebe has evinced a strong concern with media – in both a broad sense, as a term for the different technologies and agents through which power is channelled – and in a narrow sense of verbal communications. Without the African court messengers in Things Fall Apart, the British imperial project could not proceed

in Postcolonial contraventions
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Everyday trajectories of activism

chapter opens with a broad-brush portrait of the socio-demographic profile of activists in this study contextualised in existing data on the composition of support for, and activism in, far right organisations. The chapter then considers routes into (and often out of) the movement and the costs and consequences of participation. While space does not allow the detailed profiling of all respondents, the individual stories of eight activists are included as short vignettes. In this way, it is hoped to evoke characters who are recognisable and ‘live from chapter to chapter

in Loud and proud
Demand-side abundance and its discontents in Hungary during the long 1960s

the post-1956 world, the term exportból visszamaradt (remainder of export goods) meant high, ‘Western’-quality consumer goods and pretty good luck for the shoppers who could get them). By contrast, he wrote: Domestic consumers are weak to assert their demands. This is the main reason for the sub-standard quality and poor selection of goods and for the disappointing development of production costs […] The workers – consumers – can hardly ever choose; they have no leverage [over the producers], for the supply of goods is poor even in terms of quantities. Part of the

in Overwhelmed by overflows?
A critical reassessment

. Many official economists were optimistic about the economy’s future, and assumed that the downturn was short term and that the economy would return to a moderate equilibrium growth path within a year or two.38 Regardless of the sustainability of even moderate growth in Ireland’s economic model, which is so dominated by and dependent on TNC activities, the experience of the Celtic Tiger presents us with an opportunity to assess whether such a neo-liberal economic model is desirable on social grounds. Such an assessment comes in two parts. First, there is the question

in The end of Irish history?
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Canada and the Caribbean diaspora through cricket, cricket-related travel and imaginative rediscoveries of communities. Of the diaspora experience, Salman Rushdie ( 1991 , p. 9) writes that we “are haunted by some sense of loss … our physical alienation from [the homeland] almost inevitably means that we will not be capable of reclaiming precisely the thing that was lost; that we will, in short, create

in Sport in the Black Atlantic