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    Sociology in Ireland: Some random reflections

    Corcoran, Mary P (2021) Sociology in Ireland: Some random reflections. Irish Journal of Sociology, 29 (3). pp. 327-334. ISSN 0791-6035

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    2021 has been a year for looking back as well as forwards. In this article, I reflect on the state of languishing induced by lockdown, and the intensification of uncertainty in our everyday lives. I offer some biographical details of the early years of my career, which has largely been within a single institution, Maynooth University. The late Professor Liam Ryan was my boss and later my friend from 1990 until his death in 2015. His (typically) acerbic insights on the state of Irish sociology were recorded in 1984 for an issue of the Sociological Association of Ireland Bulletin. Re-visiting his prognosis today, I reflect on North–South relations in the discipline, on the challenge of forging a public role for Irish sociology, and on the growth of a precariat within the academic discipline. I conclude with some comments on the enduring relevance of sociology as we come to terms with post-pandemic life.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Corcoran, M.P. 2021, "Sociology in Ireland: Some random reflections", Irish journal of sociology : IJS, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 327-334.
    Keywords: North–South relations; pandemic; precariat; public sociology; sociology career;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 18072
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    Depositing User: Prof. Mary Corcoran
    Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2024 13:47
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Journal of Sociology
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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