Global Ireland offers a concise synthesis of globalization's dramatic impact on Ireland. In the past fifteen years, Ireland has transformed from a sleepy and depressed European backwater to the 'emerald tiger', a country with a booming economy based on knowledge and high-tech industries. Not long ago it was one of the poorest and most traditional countries in Europe, yet now it is one of the wealthiest and most cosmopolitan. Using a number of case studies of Ireland's transition, Tom Inglis explains what this means for traditional Irish culture and society, and offers an incisive social portrait of globalizing Ireland.
Concise, descriptive, interdisciplinary and theoretically informed, this volume is an ideal introduction to Ireland.
Tom Inglis is Associate Professor of Sociology at University College Dublin. He is author of three books on Ireland: Moral Monopoly, Lessons in Irish Sexuality, and Truth, Power and Lies.