Books by Political Science and Sociology Staff

CRITICAL AND RADICAL DEBATES IN SOCIAL WORK: CHILDREN AND FAMILIES by PAUL MICHAEL GARRETT (Policy Press, 2014). Recent years have witnessed a number of 'child protection' scandals where children, often from the poorest and most marginalised communities, have been on the receiving end of violence, abuse and social harm. In this short form book, part of the Critical and Radical Debates in Social Work series, Paul Michael Garrett looks at the impact of marketisation of social work services in both Ireland and England. He argues that marketisation has had a negative impact on policy regimes, working conditions, social work practices and on the services for vulnerable children and young people. Leading researchers from across the globe contribute to the debate and provide additional evidence from a range of policy regimes that catalogue the negative impact neoliberalism has had on children's services.

 CHALLENGING CONSUMPTION: PATHWAYS TO A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE, edited by A. Davies, F. Fahy, and HENRIKE RAU (London: Routledge, 2014). Sustainable consumption is a central research topic in academic discourses of sustainable development and global environmental change. Informed by a number of disciplinary perspectives, this book is structured around four key themes in sustainable consumption research: Living, Moving, Dwelling and Futures. The collection successfully balances theoretical insights with grounded case studies, on mobility, heating, washing and eating practices, and concludes by exploring future sustainable consumption research pathways and policy recommendations. Theoretical frameworks are advanced throughout the volume, especially in relation to social practice theory, theories of behavioural change and innovative visioning and backcasting methodologies. This groundbreaking book draws on some conceptual approaches which move beyond the responsibility of the individual consumer to take into account wider social, economic and political structures and processes in order to highlight both possibilities for and challenges to sustainable consumption. This approach enables students and policy-makers alike to easily recognise the applicability of social science theories.

LAND QUESTIONS IN MODERN IRELAND, edited by Fergus Campbell and TONY VARLEY (Manchester University Press, 2013). The question of land in Ireland has long been at the heart of political, social and cultural debates. This book presents the current state of our understanding of the issue as well as detailing innovative new research and reflecting on how historians and social scientists have approached the topic in various ways since the 1930s. In eleven essays a group of authors including some of the most influential historians and social scientists of modern Ireland, and up-and-coming scholars, explores Ireland’s land questions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL THEORY: MAKING CONNECTIONS by PAUL MICHAEL GARRETT (Policy Press, 2013). In order to work effectively, social workers need to understand theoretical concepts and develop critical theory. In this unique book, Paul Michael Garrett seeks to bring the profession into the orbit of the anti-capitalist movement and encourages a new engagement with theorists, rarely explored in social work, such as Antonio Gramsci, Pierre Bourdieu and Nancy Fraser. The book also provides brief, insightful introductions to other important thinkers such as Antonio Negri, Alain Badiou, Luc Boltanski and Ève Chiapello. It provides an accessible and exhilarating introduction for practitioners, students, social work academics and other readers interested in social theory and critical social policy. The book will be a vital resource aiding those intent on creating a new, more radical, social work. It will also be a useful teaching tool to spark lively classroom discussion.

METHODS OF SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES, edited by F. Fahy and HENRIKE RAU (London: Sage, 2013). Sustainability is a key concept used by social scientists interested in interactions between human society and the environment. This text offers a systematic and critical review of established and emerging methodological approaches, as well as tools for the integrated investigation of sustainability questions. Recognising the significance of scale for sustainability efforts and measurement, its scope ranges from the local to the global. Bringing together contributions from international social scientists, this is the resource for academics and practitioners interested in sustainability research. It will be a core teaching text for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in sustainability and sustainable development, geography, environmental sociology and the environmental sciences.

RELIGION, GENDER AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE, edited by NIAMH REILLY and STACEY SCRIVER (Routledge, 2013). The re-emergence of religion as a significant cultural, social and political, force is not gender neutral. Tensions between claims for women’s equality and the rights of sexual minorities on one side and the claims of religions on the other side are well-documented across all major religions and regions. It is also well recognized in feminist scholarship that gender identities and ethno-religious identities work together in complex ways that are often exploited by dominant groups. Hence, a more comprehensive understanding of the changing role and influence of religion in the public sphere more widely requires complex, multidisciplinary and comparative gender analyses.

Most recent discussion on these matters, however, especially in Europe, has focused primarily on the perceived subordinate status of Muslim women. These debates are a reminder of the deep interrelation of questions of gender, identity, human rights and religious freedom more generally. The relatively narrow (albeit important) purview of such discussions so far, however, underscores the need to extend the horizon of enquiry vis-à-vis religion, gender and the public sphere beyond the binary of ’Islam versus the West’. Religion, Gender and the Public Sphere moves gender from the periphery to the centre of contemporary debates about the role of religion in public and political life. It offers a timely, multidisciplinary collection of gender-focused essays that address an array of challenges arising from the changing role and influence of religious organisations, identities, actors and values in the public sphere in contemporary multicultural and democratic societies.

INTEGRATION THROUGH SUBORDINATION: THE POLITICS OF AGRICULTURAL MODERNISATION IN INDUSTRIAL EUROPE, edited by Peter Moser and TONY VARLEY (Brepols, 2013). Starting from the hypothesis that states were crucial as agents of modernisation, this book explores why, how and with what results European states have striven to transform their agricultural sectors in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Modernising agriculture has increasingly meant emulating the new organisational models of manufacturing industry. But since agriculture continues to rely heavily on living resources (plants and animals), the results of modernising farming have often differed significantly from the manufacturing sector. Modernised agriculture, in other words, is something quite different than simply industrialised agriculture. Ranging from the Iberian Peninsula to Hungary and from Greece to England, the chapters of this book deal with four principal questions: Why have state elites, and their civil society allies chosen to modernise agriculture? What have they understood by agricultural modernisation? What sort of power resources have they taken as necessary for effective modernisation? And what were the consequences of the pursuit of modernising policies for the farming population and for agriculture?

A GUIDE TO YOUTH MENTORING: PROVIDING EFFECTIVE SOCIAL SUPPORT by P. DOLAN and B. BRADY (Jessica Kingsley, 2012). Youth mentoring can be an effective way of supporting troubled youth, helping them sustain positive mental health, cope with stress, and lead successful lives through adolescence and into adulthood. This book is a comprehensive guide to youth mentoring programmes, illustrating how, if managed well, they can increase the social support available to young people. It outlines the objectives and benefits of mentoring, how it works, and how to mentor successfully. Youth mentoring in community and school settings is covered, as well as mentoring for vulnerable youth. This book illustrates different mentoring models and provides practical strategies for assessing, setting up, and monitoring the mentoring relationship and its outcomes for the young person. The challenges and difficulties associated with mentoring programmes and strategies to overcome them are also addressed. This will be an essential guide for anyone working with young people, including youth workers, social workers, residential care staff, foster carers, community development workers, teachers and community police.

POLITICS OF PRACTICAL REASONING, edited by RICCA EDMUNDSON and Karlheinz Hülser (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2012). The capacity for reasonable argument about practical and political matters is important to our daily lives. Yet what does arguing really involve? Often, our very concept of what it is to argue seems systematically distorted. Practical, political arguing is too often stylized as hyper-cognitive, ending by treating people as objects rather than other selves — in ways that are fundamentally unreasonable. This book examines what follows from seeing people as deliberating and acting in ways that intertwine a variety of emotional and evaluative processes and effects of virtue or character. From this point of view, practical arguing involves not just cognition, emotion, and virtue, but also practices, including imaginative practices. Politics of Practical Reasoning: Integrating Action, Discourse and Argument uses these ideas to interrogate ways in which reasoning is bound up with the interrelated lives that human beings lead in their everyday, public and political worlds. We build here on efforts to re-concretize practical reasoning in modern traditions linked to phenomenology and Wittgensteinian thought, also referring back to Aristotle and the Stoics in classical times. Medieval theologians and philosophers such as Aquinas confront the same issue, as do Enlightenment thinkers such as Smith and Kant. Using the history of philosophical thought as one of our major sources, the contributors sympathize with the link underscored between interpretation, tradition and reasoning by Gadamer, the stress placed on communicative and emancipatory action by Habermas, and MacIntyre’s notion of praxis as highlighting deliberation within communities. All these approaches respond to practical reasoning as practical. Building on these points of view, the volume both explores what practical reasoning itself means, and applies it to particular questions: what it means to respond to arguments about meaningful work or disability, or how to debate institutional ethics or art. None of these debates is susceptible to exclusively cognitive or technical solutions; this does not mean abandoning them to unreason. Practical and political reasoning is examined here from an appropriately broad spectrum of approaches, founded in a concern for what human reasoning can justifiably be expected to involve, and what justifying it can reasonably be expected to achieve.

POLITICAL REASON: MORALITY AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE by ALLYN FIVES (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). In modern democratic societies, the plurality of differing and conflicting moral doctrines stands alongside a commitment to resolve political disputes through the use of moral reasoning. Given the fact of moral pluralism, how can there be moral resolutions to political disputes? What type of moral reasoning is appropriate in the public sphere? These questions are explored through a close and critical analysis of the work of Alasdair MacIntyre and John Rawls. In this book it is argued that the anti-Enlightenment work of MacIntyre, along with post-modernists, fails on epistemological, ethical, and political grounds, while in contrast, Rawls's 'core conception of reasonableness,' which is a type of political reasoning carried out 'in the manner of' the Enlightenment, is better placed to successfully respond to the moral disputes of contemporary politics. The practical application of these ideas is also explored in discussions of civic education and global distributive justice.

POWER: THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FIELD, edited by MARK HAUGAARD and KEVIN RYAN (State of the art) series; International Political Science Association, and Barbara Budrich. Berlin, 2012. Power is one of the most central concepts in the social sciences. However, there is no agreement as to what exactly power is, with some theorists/analysts viewing power entirely negatively, as domination, while others insist that power is the basis of autonomy and a means of empowerment. In this volume, it is argued that the concept of power has no single essence, and is best understood as a 'family resemblance' concept, where there are various influential members of the power family. Approaching power from the perspectives of social and political theory, political anthropology, organization studies, gender, political sociology, and international relations, the book examines the most important and influential perspectives on power, and, in doing so, it provides a comprehensive and detailed overview of the field. Partly due to the influence of Foucault, power has become a key orienting concept for all the sub-disciplines of political science. Therefore, this book will be an indispensible resource not only for readers specifically interested in the question of power, but also to audiences wishing to understand current trends within the above sub-fields of political science.

POWER AND POLITICS, edited by MARK HAUGAARD and Stuart Clegg, 4 Volumes, 1664 pp. (London: Sage, 2012). Power and Politics, along with the companion set Power and Organizations, takes stock of power theory by reviewing its foundations, current status and emerging new directions in both organization studies and political theory. While there is evident synergy and cross-fertilization across the fields of organization studies and political theory, through the impact of work by figures such as Lukes, Bourdieu, Foucault, Haugaard, Clegg, Dean, Allen, and others there is sufficient distinction to warrant two separate but related collections. With Mark Haugaard, a leading figure in the field, as principal editor, Power and Politics focuses on power theory in the context of political power.

POWER AND ORGANIZATIONS, edited by Stuart Clegg and MARK HAUGAARD, 4 Volumes, 1666 pp. (London: Sage, 2012). Internationally renowned editors, Stewart R. Clegg and Mark Haugaard, have joined forces to compile two separate but related collections on power theory - a field that continues to have a huge impact across the social sciences. Power and Organizations takes stock of power theory by reviewing its foundations, current status and emerging new directions in organization studies, while its companion, Power and Politics continues this work in the context of political theory. The collections follow chronological and thematic ordering to cover the sprawling and eclectic work on power.

INTERNET RESEARCH SKILLS by NIALL Ó DOCHARTAIGH 3rd ed. (Sage, 2012). Internet Research Skills is a clear, concise guide to effective online research for social science and humanities students. The first half of the book deals with publications online, devoting separate chapters to academic articles, books, official publications and news sources, which form the core secondary sources for social science research. The second half of the book deals with the open web, a vast and confusing realm of materials, many of which have no direct print counterpart. The Third Edition has been updated throughout and now includes coverage of cutting edge online services as well as newly developed approaches to using online materials. It also includes a new chapter on organizing research and internet research methods. A Chinese translation of the 2nd edition of Internet Research Skills has recently been published as well.

RISK SCIENCE AND BLOOD: THE POLITICS OF THE HAEMOPHILIA CRISIS IN IRELAND by GEORGE TAYLOR and Martin Power (2010). This book examines the broader milieu in which the hepatitis and AIDS crises unfolded in Ireland, locating them within the context of international developments that wrought change upon the interventionist state. It contends that the blood crises were never a matter of the right or wrong science or simply administrative error, as tribunals would have us believe. Rather, it argues that blood supplies were confronted by a series of challenges (economic, virological and political) that were to prove pivotal in shaping events and where the impact of modern conservatism cannot be ignored.

TEACHING EMPIRES: GENDER AND TRANSNATIONAL CITIZENSHIP IN EUROPE, edited by MARY CLANCY and Andrea Peto (ATHENA3 Advanced Thematic Network in Women’s Studies in Europe, University of Utrecht and Centre for Gender Studies, Stockholm University, 2009). Contributing authors are from Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain. This book is part of a European Teaching with Gender series and is published with the support of the Socrates/Erasmus programme for Thematic Network Projects of the European Commission. Available online here.

VALUING OLDER PEOPLE: A HUMANIST APPROACH TO AGEING, edited by RICCA EDMONDSON and Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz (Bristol, Policy Press, 2009). How can we understand older people as human beings, value their wisdom, and appreciate that their norms and purposes matter in themselves as well as responding to those of others? Using a life-course approach, this book claims that the complexity and potential creativity of later life demands a humanistic vision of older people and ageing, one which denies that older people are ’other’ than ourselves and emphasises instead the ’ties of recognition and concern’ that bind human beings together. At the same time, it acknowledges the specificities of different experiences of older age and the diversities of meanings connected with them. It presents a range of contexts and methodologies through which such meanings can be understood. The book interprets ageing as a process of creating meaning, carried out by older people but significant for those around them, and influenced by the norms and values of their societies as well as their political and economic structures. It then considers the impact of social norms on older people’s capacities to age in creative ways. What obstacles are there to older people’s construction of meaningful lives? What is going on when they feel they are ageing well? In former times, the idea of a meaningful later life was associated with the idea of wisdom; some of its contemporary dimensions are explored here. Contributors include internationally renowned writers such Peter Coleman, Michele Dillon and Haim Hazan. Chapters explore norms and values associated with ageing from the US to the UK, Germany, Ireland, Finland, Israel and Singapore.

'TRANSFORMING' CHILDREN'S SERVICES?: SOCIAL WORK, NEOLIBERALISM AND THE 'MODERN' WORLD by PAUL MICHAEL GARRETT (Open University Press, 2009). This book provides an accessible overview of the 'transformation' of Children's Services in England. In doing this, it draws on social theory, critical social policy and takes account of developments in other countries. Paul Michael Garrett argues that the many changes which have taken place within, and beyond, Children's Services are related to the politics of Neoliberalism which, it is maintained, lie at the core of the Change for Children programme.

THE SAGE HANDBOOK OF POWER, edited by MARK HAUGAARD and Steward Clegg (Sage, 2009) The first touchstone for any student or researcher wishing to initiate themselves in the ’state of the art’ in this subject. Internationally acclaimed as at the top of their field, Stewart Clegg and Mark Haugaard have joined forces to select a collection of papers written by scholars with global reputations for excellence. These papers bridge different conceptual and theoretical positions and draw on many disciplines, including politics, sociology, and cultural studies.

WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS: SEEKING GENDER JUSTICE IN A GLOBALIZING AGE by NIAMH REILLY (Polity, 2009). This book explores the emergence of transnational, UN–oriented, feminist advocacy for women’s human rights, especially over the past three decades. It identifies the main feminist influences that have shaped the movement and exposes how the Western, legalist, state–centric, and liberal biases of mainstream human rights discourse impede the realisation of human rights in women’s lives everywhere. Ultimately, Women’s Human Rights reaffirms a commitment to critically reinterpreted universal human rights principles and demonstrates the vital role that bottom–up, transnational movements play in making them a reality in women’s lives. In January 2011, Women's Human Rights: Seeking Gender Justice in a Globalising Age was selected as an "Outstanding Academic Title for 2010" by the American Library Association/CHOICE. For more information, click here.

A LIVING COUNTRYSIDE? THE POLITICS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN RURAL IRELAND (Perspectives on Rural Policy and Planning), edited by John McDonagh, TONY VARLEY and Sally Shortall (Ashgate, 2009). By examining a range of experiences from both the north and south of Ireland, this book asks what the ideal of sustainable development might mean to specific rural groups and how sustainable development goals have been pursued across the policy spectrum.

ENVIRONMENTAL ARGUMENT AND CULTURAL DIFFERENCE: LOCATIONS, FRACTURES AND DELIBERATIONS, edited by RICCA EDMONDSON and HENRIKE RAU (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2008). Environmental argument is ’about’ far more than meets the eye. How people (mis-)understand each other during environmental debates is affected by conflicts between values and ways of life which may not be directly connected with the environment at all. This book offers sociological evidence from three contrasting societies – Ireland, Germany and China – to explore how diversity of cultural context affects deliberation about the physical world. What can we discover by examining environmental debates through the lens of interculturality? When people disagree about flood management, building motorways or extracting gas, what difference does it make if they have diverse experiences of neighbourly relations, how to use time or how to imagine a good life? What is going on at intersections between cultures to influence the trajectories of environmental debates? The book disinters taken-for-granted practices, feelings and social relationships which affect environmental arrangements, in scientific and artistic debates as well as in politics and policy-making.

POLITICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL DEBATES IN WELFARE by ALLYN FIVES (Palgrave, 2008). This is a critical overview of political philosophies of welfare pitched at advanced undergraduates and postgraduates on courses taught in political science, sociology, social policy, and philosophy. It examines classic justifications of the welfare state, namely utilitarianism, Rawls’s liberalism, conservatism, and socialism, and then discusses recent attempts to provide alternative approaches to political theory, such as political liberalism, postmodernism, and the new-right. Based on the author's teaching and research, it engages with both the philosophical roots of ideas and their application in institutional structures.

JOURNAL OF POWER (2008-present). MARK HAUGAARD (editor) and KEVIN RYAN (book review editor). Since Aristotle's classification of political systems, power has been one of the most central and debated themes of the social sciences. Yet, despite its centrality, there has been little consensus on what constitutes the essence of power. It is part of the raison d'etre of the Journal of Power to capitalize on the consequent debates surrounding power. The official Journal of the IPSA Research Group on Political Power (RC 36). For more details, click here.

CONTESTING THE STATE: LESSONS FROM THE IRISH CASE, edited by Maura Adshead, Peadar Kirby and MICHELLE MILLAR (Manchester University Press, 2008). This is the first comprehensive survey of the Irish state. This book draws on different theoretical approaches to analyze the Irish state's origins, evolution, nature and role in Ireland’s recent economic success. The book begins by outlining the fragmentary way in which the Irish state has been treated to date in the social sciences. Contributors from a range of disciplines then explore the history of the Irish state from 1922 to 1973, the developmental nature of the Irish state since the 1980s, the Irish state as a partnership state, the gendered nature of the state, the changing nature of the state’s autonomy and capacity since independence, and the activities and policies of the Irish state as a welfare state. The editors draw out the lessons learned from this analysis before positing a challenging agenda for further research. The book will be of major interest to students of Irish politics, economics and social development. It will also appeal to scholars of globalization and comparative politics and makes a significant contribution to analysis of the role of the state in this context.

THE BLAME GAME: RETHINKING IRELAND'S SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE by BRENDAN FLYNN (Irish Academic Press, 2007). A must-read for anyone interested in environmental issues in Ireland. Ireland's record in the field of environmental protection is one of the worst in Europe, and this book explores the reasons why. It examines the evolution of Irish environmental policy over the so-called 'Celtic Tiger' years of Ireland's economic boom while looking to the future as well. It considers why Ireland's environmental performance has been so lacklustre during this period, and what scope exists for improvement. The emphasis is placed primarily on institutional aspects of Irish environmental policy. In particular, this book offers a strong critique of the current Irish style of reaching environmental decisions, an excessive dependence on legal instruments, and a weak Irish local government system.

ERNEST GELLNER AND CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL THOUGHT by SINISA MALESEVIC and MARK HAUGAARD (Cambridge University Press, 2007). Ernest Gellner was a unique scholar whose work covered areas as diverse as social anthropology, analytical philosophy, the sociology of the Islamic world, nationalism, psychoanalysis, East European transformations and kinship structures. Despite this diversity, there is an exceptional degree of unity and coherence in Gellner’s work with his distinctly modernist, rationalist and liberal world-view evident in everything he wrote. His central problematic remains constant: understanding how the modern world came into being and to what extent it is unique relative to all other social forms. Ten years after his death, this book brings together leading social theorists to evaluate the significance of Gellner’s legacy and to re-examine his central concerns. It corrects many misunderstandings and critically engages with Gellner’s legacy to provide a cutting edge contribution to understanding our contemporary post-9/11, global, late modern, social condition.

INTERNET RESEARCH SKILLS by NIALL Ó DOCHARTAIGH (London; Los Angeles; New Delhi: Sage, 2007). This book is a clear and concise guide to the effective use of the Internet for students in the social sciences. The open web is becoming central to student research practice, not least because of its accessibility, and this clear text describes search strategies and outlines the critical skills necessary to deal with such diverse and disorganized materials. This book covers all of the essential aspects of Internet research, with each chapter containing a number of illustrations, inset boxes, and short exercises.

SOCIAL EXCLUSION AND THE POLITICS OF ORDER by KEVIN RYAN (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2007). The politics of order has long divided those deemed fit to exercise freedom from others perceived to pose a threat to the safety and security of society, with paupers, vagabonds and unmarried mothers (among others) subjected to various controls in defence of social order, historical progress and national unity. In the closing decades of the 20th century this relation between inclusion and exclusion became the explicit focus of political thought and action, in part because the excluded organised to demand recognition, equality and rights, but also due to innovations resulting from structural strains and dislocation. The book traces out the historical roots of this process of transformation, which has assembled a new mode of governing that organises actors and agencies from the spheres of state, market and civil society into various forms of partnership. Taking an original and accessible approach, the book examines the fields of nomadism, disability, youth and lone parenting in detail, and it argues that the shift from an order built on exclusion to one based on the rule of inclusion recasts the modern projects of equality and emancipation, which have neither been accomplished nor abandoned. Instead they have been transformed, with the new arts of government anticipating disturbances while recruiting the socially excluded into the dual task of governing their self and managing order. Drawing on recent Foucauldian-inspired research and governmentality theory, the book will be a valuable resource for researchers and students with an interest in the changing nature of government, policy and political struggle.

FAMILY SUPPORT AS REFLECTIVE PRACTICE , edited by PAT DOLAN , JOHN CANAVAN , and John. Pinkerton (London: Jessica Kingsley, 2006). Family support is an increasingly important strategic approach to welfare services for children and families. This resource for all professionals engaged covers core issues in family support. These include the importance of community, the role of statutory and voluntary agencies, youth advocacy, culturally appropriate family support, child protection, disability services and effective means of evaluation. Providing a combination of clear theoretical frameworks and practical guidance, with clear 'how to' messages and a strong emphasis on evaluation, this book will be essential to social workers, care staff, teachers, community development and police officers, students, policy-makers, evaluators and all those working in family support.

HEGEMONY AND POWER by MARK HAUGAARD and Howard Lentner (Lexington Books, 2006). This book provides the first systematic examination of the relationship of hegemony and power. Nine essays delve into the diverse analytical aspects of the two concepts, and an introduction and conclusion by the editors, respectively, forge a synthesis of their theoretical coherence. Hegemony has long existed as a term in political science, international relations, and social theory, but its meaning varies across these fields. While each has developed its own "local" language games for treating the idea, they all conceptualize hegemony as a form of power. Building on the recent rigorous exposition of power, this book subjects hegemony to a clarifying debate. In doing so, it advances the power debate. Components of the literature assume a relationship between power and hegemony, but no previous work has performed a concentrated and consistent analytical examination of them until now.

FROM CIVIL RIGHTS TO ARMALITES: DERRY AND THE BIRTH OF THE IRISH TROUBLES by NIALL Ó DOCHARTAIGH, expanded 2nd edn. (Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). This book analyzes the escalation of conflict in Northern Ireland from the first civil rights marches to the verge of full-scale civil war in 1972, focusing on the city of Derry. It explains how a peaceful civil rights campaign gave way to increasing violence, how the IRA became a major political force, and how the British army became a major party to the conflict. It provides the essential context for understanding the events of Bloody Sunday and a new chapter brings significant new material to the public debate around the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

WOMEN TESTIFY: A PLANNING GUIDE FOR POPULAR TRIBUNALS AND HEARINGS by NIAMH REILLY and Linda Posluszny (New Brunswick, NJ: Center for Women's Global Leadership, 2005). Click here to download a PDF version. Women Testify draws on the experiences of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University, in organizing women’s human rights tribunals and hearings over the past decade. It provides steps that tribunal organizers can take to prepare for and implementing tribunals, including developing and structuring the program; defining the roles of all participants; selecting testifiers, advisors and commentators; planning effective media strategies; recording and documenting the hearing; providing seamless logistical support; and following up after the hearing.

NEGOTIATED GOVERNANCE AND PUBLIC POLICY IN IRELAND by GEORGE TAYLOR (Manchester University Press, 2005).Over the past ten years the Irish polity has experienced profound change. The pessimism that had engulfed Irish society during the 1980s has given way to a new found confidence, one that befits its status as an emerging, confident and cosmopolitan European state. This book provides a theoretical examination of this startling turnaround in Ireland and details the developments that have taken place in key areas of public policy over the last decade: civil service reform, the welfare state, environmental policy and rural development.

SOCIAL WORK AND IRISH PEOPLE IN BRITAIN: HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY RESPONSES TO IRISH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES by PAUL MICHAEL GARRETT (Policy Press, 2004). Dominant social work and social care discourses on 'race' and ethnicity often fail to incorporate an Irish dimension. This book challenges this omission and provides new insights into how social work has engaged with Irish children and their families, historically and to the present day. The book provides the first detailed exploration social work with Irish children and families in Britain; examines archival materials to illuminate historical patterns of engagement; provides an account of how social services departments in England and Wales are currently responding to the needs of Irish children and families; incorporates the views of Irish social workers and acts as a timely intervention in the debate on social work's 'modernisation' agenda. The book will be valuable to social workers, social work educators and students. Its key themes will also fascinate those interested in 'race' and ethnicity in Britain in the early 21st century.

REMAKING SOCIAL WORK WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES by PAUL MICHAEL GARRETT (Routledge, 2003). This book provides a sustained examination of the 'modernisation' of this area of social care. It analyses some of the key themes introduced by the administrations of John Major and Tony Blair and provides a critical exploration of contemporary policy initiatives and issues. These include: the Looking After Children (LAC) materials; the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and Their Families; 'working together' to protect children; the mainstream approach to 'race' and ethnicity in social work; the implications for social work of the emergence of 'personal advisers', mentors and related professionals. The author argues that political and ideological factors need to be taken into account in order to understand the dominant discourses and evolving practices of social work with children. Potential fixation with ensuring that young people are able to 'fit' into their allotted roles in a market economy and an overarching concern about children and criminality have been crucial in this respect. He concludes that while social workers and educators should be prepared to embrace change, they need to be critical agents in the process of change, recognising the ever present need to promote and foster democracy within the sphere of social welfare.

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND PUBLIC POLICY IN IRELAND: THEORY AND METHODS, edited by Maura Adshead and MICHELLE MILLAR (Routledge, 2003). This textbook, written by an outstanding selection of experts in the field, is a comprehensive introduction to public policy and administration in Ireland. It covers all the main theories and methods associated with public administration and public policy and illustrates these with a wide variety of case studies specific to the Irish context. The book is a unique resource for students and teachers in this area.

 POWER: A READER, edited by MARK HAUGAARD (Manchester University Press, 2002). This annotated reader is an introductory guide to some of the most significant perspectives on the subject of power within social and political theory. Containing extracts from such leading contemporary thinkers as Giddens, Lukes, and Bourdieu, alongside recent conceptions of power from important 20th century figures including Weber, Arendt, and Foucault, this book is intended as an introductory text for students encountering the subject for the first time.

MAKING SENSE OF COLLECTIVITY: ETHNICITY, NATIONALISM AND GLOBALISATION, edited by Sinesa Malesevic and MARK HAUGAARD (Pluto Press, 2002). We live in a rapidly changing world. The collapse of the Cold War, the development of new technologies and the globalisation of the world economy have all had a dramatic impact on societies across the globe. Migration, new types of wars and changing borders mean that even the stability and security of nation-states has become a thing of the past. New nationalisms, new social movements and the resurgence of identity politics all indicate that we are entering a new era where the very notion of collective identity -- through nation states or through transnational identity culture -- is challenged. This volume examines concepts of collective identity, how they are changing and what this means for our future. With contributions from distinguished sociologists including Jenkins, Eisenstadt, Rex, Bauman and Hall, it gives a radical new overview of collectivity theory -- a topic that lies at the heart of sociology, anthropology and political science.

POWER: A PHILOSOPHICAL ANALYSIS by PETE MORRISS (Second Edition: Manchester: Manchester University Press, and New York: Palgrave, 2002). This book discusses the notion of 'power' and attempts to show how recent accounts of power have misinterpreted crucial components, thereby producing faulty analyses. He puts the study of power into a modern context and also explains why an understanding of power is so important in developing a radical critique of a society. The revised second edition includes a new foreword.

THE INTERNET RESEARCH HANDBOOK: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR STUDENTS AND RESEARCHERS IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES by NIALL Ó DOCHARTAIGH (London; Thousand Oaks; New Delhi: Sage, 2002). This much-needed book provides clear but detailed advice in all of the main areas of Internet research. For those carrying out research on-line, a number of very different sets of skills from the conventional "systematic way of asking questions," is required. Using the Internet for research involves learning how to access the correct sites and extract information in the shortest possible time. It involves maximizing the possibilities of opened up email contact with other researchers around the world, and it involves learning about the major databases which are devoted to the social sciences and learning how to do the detective work necessary to evaluate and to cite documents whose authorship and origins are often unclear. It sets out, in clear and simple terms, best practice in the use of the Internet as a mainstream research resource and deals with the Internet as a thread which runs through the entire research process, from formulating a research question to publishing the results of your research.

ISSUES IN IRISH PUBLIC POLICY edited by GEORGE TAYLOR (Irish Academic Press, 2002). It is growing ever clearer that the Irish policy has experienced profound change over the last ten years. The pessimism which prevailed during the 1980s has given way to an overwhelming political enthusiasm, explained by the concept of our times: the Celtic Tiger. Amid the enthusiasm for embracing all that is now particularly Irish, it is hardly surprising to find that dissenting voices should be few and far between. This intoxicating political elixir, formulated around the state's alleged capacity to reconcile economic growth with political consensus is an incredible feat, when we consider that it has taken place against a political backdrop of electoral defeats for a succession of coalition governments. Although this startling economic growth has been welcomed, it seems that the Celtic Tiger has not delivered its financial promises. Despite criticism of individual elements of successive budgets, the content and ideological stance of policy has received only scant attention. Debate on Irish public policy has been conspicuous only by its absence. It is this omission which forms the basis for this edited collection.

IRELAND IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: INTERESTS, INSTITUTIONS, AND IDENTITIES, edited by EILÌS WARD and Ben Tonra (Dublin: Institute for Public Administration, 2002).  Is there value in studying ’Irish’ foreign policy – is it something that can be usefully studied on its own terms and outside the context of an emerging EU foreign, security and defence policy? The editors of this book argue forcefully that there is. They have assembled works from a group of distinguished scholars and practitioners in this volume in an attempt to promote informed debate and to do so in a way that engenders diversity and points to choices in foreign policy. The topics covered include Peacekeeping and Defence, These Islands and the European Dimension, Ireland’s Official Aid Programme, The New Context of British-Irish Relations, Ireland at the United Nations, Culture and Exile, and the EU, the US and the Middle East. >> View on Google Books.

CONSERVING THE EMERALD TIGER: THE POLITICS OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION IN IRELAND by GEORGE TAYLOR (Arlen Academic Press, 2001). Taylor reveals the way in which environmental politics embrace issues at the very heart of Irish democracy: state intervention, economic growth, environmental conservation and political protest. Examining these issues, the author argues that while the Irish state recognized the need to revamp environmental policy with the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1992, its principal aim was to ensure that further, more stringent regulation would not be detrimental to the economic performance of the Emerald Tiger.

(RE)SEARCHING WOMEN: FEMINIST RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES IN IRELAND, edited by ANNE BYRNE and Ronit Lentin (Dublin: Institute for Public Administration, 2000). This is the first Irish academic text on feminist research methodologies. It brings into the public domain the debate about feminist research in Ireland as a tool for social change.  >> View on Google Books

FAMILY SUPPORT: DIRECTION FROM DIVERSITY, edited by JOHN CANAVAN, PAT DOLAN and John Pinkerton (London: Jessica Kingsley, 2000). This book integrates concepts and experiences from an international perspective, different levels of analysis (society, community and family) and different loci of intervention (education, social services and local government). It presents current knowledge about family support and sets out directions for future developments in thinking and service provision. It shows how an understanding of the complexity and potential of family support can inform and enrich the work of educators, professionals, service providers, policy makers and academics.

ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE IN EUROPE: AN EVER CLOSER ECOLOGICAL UNION? by A. Weale, G. Pridham, M. Cini, D. Konstadakopulos, M. Porter, and BRENDAN FLYNN (Oxford University Press, 2000). Over the last thirty years, the European Union has created a system of environmental governance in Europe. With a large number of legislative measures, the EU's environmental policy is broad in scope, extensive in detail and often stringent in effect. Environmental governance also extends to the ways in which decision making on environmental policy has become institutionalized within Europe, both at the level of the EU itself and in the practices of the member states. This work seeks to understand this new system of environmental governance both at the European level and at the level of member states. It argues that the system is multi-level, horizontally complex, evolving and incomplete. Locating developments at the European level in theories of European integration, it goes on to examine the extent of convergence and divergence in environmental policy among six member states: Germany, Spain, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK. It then looks at the operation of the system of environmental governance through an examination of policy case studies before examining the wider political significance of these developments.

POWER IN CONTEMPORARY POLITICS: THEORIES, PRACTICES, GLOBALIZATIONS, edited by Henri Goverde, Philip G. Cerny, MARK HAUGAARD and Howard H. Lentner (Sage, 2000). This major book provides an up-to-date and state-of-the-art overview of the contemporary theory and practice of the most central concept in political science: power. The concept of political power is introduced within a three-part framework: contemporary theories of power; applications of power processes and practices; and the implications of modern power flows across the globe today. The book explores the many structures of power in the contemporary world from theories of its construction and use, to its operation in policy networks, and its wider exercise at different levels in the political process, from the local to the global. Amongst the many themes explored are the reproduction and the legitimization of power, the dynamics of resistance and coercion, the concepts of private and public power, and the impact of globalization processes and subsequent shifting power arrangements. Combining diverse perspectives and different tools of analysis, this book represents the most comprehensive treatment of political power for over a decade. It will be essential reading for academics and students alike across political science, international studies and political sociology.

LES VOIX DES FEMMES ET « LES DROITS DE L'HOMME », edited by Charlotte Bunch, Claudia Hinojosa and NIAMH REILLY, Center for Women's Global Leadership and the Canadian International Development Agency (preface by Marie Aimée Hélie Lucas), 2000. Click here to download a PDF version. This book includes a selection of testimonies and judges' statements from the Global Campaign hearings and tribunals (Vienna, Cairo, Copenhagen and Beijing), an article on the politics of language and chapters on the concept and history of the Campaign, accountability, and the future challenges of an international movement for women's human rights "Towards 2001..." as well as a series of Campaign Documents and Resources. In French.

LOS DERECHOS DE LAS MUJERES SON DERECHOS HUMANOS: Crónica de Una Movilización Mundial, editadas por Charlotte Bunch, Claudia Hinojosa, y NIAMH REILLY. EDAMEX and the Center for Women's Global Leadership, in collaboration with ISIS Internacional/Santiago de Chile and UNIFEM (preface by Alda Facio), 2000. Click here to download a PDF version. This book includes a selection of testimonies and judges' statements from the Global Campaign hearings and tribunals (Vienna, Cairo, Copenhagen and Beijing), an article on the politics of language and chapters on the concept and history of the Campaign, accountability, and the future challenges of an international movement for women's human rights "Towards 2001..." as well as a series of Campaign Documents and Resources. In Spanish.

CONTESTING POLITICS: WOMEN IN IRELAND, NORTH AND SOUTH, edited by Yvonne Galligan, EILÌS WARD and Rick Wilford (Westview/PSAI Press, Boulder and Dublin, 1999). This book gathers the expertise of those researching women and politics in Ireland-both North and South-into a single, comprehensive and accessible textbook on the topic. Throughout, the book emphasizes analytical approaches to explaining the relationship between women and political activity in Ireland.

WOMEN IN IRISH SOCIETY: A SOCIOLOGICAL READER, edited by ANNE BYRNE and Madeleine Leonard (Beyond the Pale Publications: Belfast, 1997). A collection of articles on women in Ireland, North and South.

FROM CIVIL RIGHTS TO ARMALITES: DERRY AND THE BIRTH OF THE IRISH TROUBLES by NIALL Ó DOCHARTAIGH, 1st edn. (Cork: Cork University Press, 1997). This book analyzes the escalation of conflict in Northern Ireland from the first civil rights marches to the verge of full-scale civil war in 1972, focusing on the city of Derry. It explains how a peaceful civil rights campaign gave way to increasing violence, how the IRA became a major political force, and how the British army became a major party to the conflict. It provides the essential context for understanding the events of Bloody Sunday and a new chapter brings significant new material to the public debate around the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

POVERTY IN RURAL IRELAND: A POLITICAL ECONOMY PERSPECTIVE, edited by CHRIS CURTIN, Trutz Haase and Hilary Tovey (Dublin: Oak Tree Press in association with Combat Poverty Agency, 1996). In the course of public debate, rural poverty is defined in terms of poor communities and poor farmers. However, while these are two important aspects, they neglect a whole series of other issues. "Poverty in rural Ireland" provides a new perspective to the ongoing debate on the future of disadvantaged people in rural areas. In particular, the study identifies who in rural areas is a risk of poverty and the factors that affect their life chances. This study analyses the dynamics of poverty in rural areas and provides a framework for the alleviation of rural poverty. The contents include chapters on the distribution of deprivation in rural Ireland, demography, agricultural production, natural resources development, rural industrialisation, social service provision, community development and institutional structures, among others. >> Read on Google Books.

WITHOUT RESERVATION: THE BEIJING TRIBUNAL ON ACCOUNTABILITY FOR WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS, edited by NIAMH REILLY (New Brunswick: Rutgers University, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, 1996). Click here to download a PDF version. This book features the twenty-two testimonies and presentations given at the Beijing Tribunal on Accountability for Women's Human Rights (Huairou, China) on September 1, 1995 addressing a range of women's human rights violations. It provides an extensive analysis that expands our understanding of women's human rights by focusing on issues of and strategies for accountability. Without Reservation is the culmination of a series of books that document the hearings and tribunals that have been instrumental to women's success in gaining recognition for women's rights as human rights.

DEMANDING ACCOUNTABILITY: THE GLOBAL CAMPAIGN AND VIENNA TRIBUNAL FOR WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS by NIAMH REILLY and Charlotte Bunch (United Nations Development Fund for Women, 1994). Demanding Accountability presents a comprehensive history and analysis of the systematic organizing efforts of women prior to, during, and after the UN World Conference on Human Rights (Vienna, 1993). It offers especially detailed insights into the "Global Tribunal on Violations of Women Rights" held at the Conference, which proved to be a global forum of demonstrating the failure of existing human rights mechanisms to protect women's human rights. Resources contained in the book include: the sections of the Vienna Declaration pertaining to women; a list of UN Human Rights divisions; the Petition to Promote and Protect Women's Human Rights; an overview of hearings and tribunals form around the world; and a reading/contact list.

GENDER IN IRISH SOCIETY, edited by CHRIS CURTIN, Pauline Jackson and Barbary O'Connor. (Galway: Galway University Press, 1987). How have women fared since 1922? Did women and men have an equal stake in Derry's shirt industry? What would be the social consequences of divorce legislation in Ireland? Why are the treated rates of mental illness different for men and women? Why are women statistically invisible? What are the implications of sex differences for the education of children, the allocation of social welfare benefits and recruitment to the electronics and telecommunications industries? Are rural bachelors demoralised? These are some of the questions and themes which this book addresses. The book is a compilation of seventeen chapters of research findings, analyses and discussion on sex differences and their implications for Irish society, North and South. This book is the first to deal with such a diverse range of gender issues and will be of particular interest to social scientists. It will be a welcome addition to the bookshelves of students of sociology, social policy, community work and social work. Women's Studies and Adult Education tutors will find it a thought provoking introduction to the subject of sex roles and sex differences in a changing Ireland.