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    Gendering the narrative of the Irish Crisis

    Murphy, Mary P. (2015) Gendering the narrative of the Irish Crisis. Irish Political Studies, 30 (2). pp. 220-237. ISSN 0790-7184

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    Adding a gender dimension to the story of the Irish crisis deepens our understanding of crisis and necessary responses. Using gender both as category and process we see clear gendered patterns throughout the Irish crisis including patterns of gender inequality in gendered institutions and changes in the process of gendered agency. Reviewing the extent to which Irish political and public spheres, banking and budgetary processes are gendered raises questions about how this impacts on post crisis outcomes. The gendered lens draws attention to the risks inherent in hyper-masculine institutions and culture and questions whether greater gender balance might alter the risk oriented culture of Irish financial services. It also draws attention to the gendered nature of Irish austerity budgets which disproportionately impacted women, and low income women in particular. The crisis also impacted on feminist agency. Examining women's political agency in the context of the crisis we find examples of defensive agency that sought to protect women's interests from fiscal retrenchment. These exist alongside examples of offensive feminist agency that use the crisis as an opportunity to strengthen gender equality in the political and policy processes. We find the gender infrastructure negatively impacted but despite such damage, we find feminist agency remains crucial to realising gender equality in public and private decision-making and despite the crisis, hopeful signs of renewed feminist agency are present.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: To cite this article: Mary P. Murphy (2015) Gendering the Narrative of the Irish Crisis, Irish Political Studies, 30:2, 220-237, DOI: 10.1080/07907184.2015.1022866
    Keywords: Ireland; banking crisis; gender; gendered institutions; defensive and offensive agency;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 9054
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    Depositing User: Dr. Mary Murphy
    Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2017 17:00
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Political Studies
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    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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