Irish Social and Political Attitudes

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Irish Social and Political Attitudes


June 1st, 2006



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Forty years ago, Ireland’s emergence as a major force within the European Union could hardly have been imagined. How could the country James Joyce once described as ‘an old sow that eats her farrow’ transform into a technologically savvy playground for the young and wealthy? Drawing on the findings of a wide-ranging survey conducted in 2002, Irish Social and Political Attitudes analyses the societal changes that have resulted from the unprecedented economic expansion of the 1990s. The first four chapters examine new shifts in social attitudes, including an emerging environmental awareness among the Irish people and a growing acceptance of varying gender roles. The last three chapters offer a comprehensive analysis of these social changes as they affect Ireland’s political landscape.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half Title4
Title Page6
List of Tables10
List of Figures12
Introduction John Garry and Diane Payne16
1. Changing Attitudes towards Minorities in Ireland Michael O'Connell and Nessa Winston19
2. Evolving Environmental Concern in Ireland: Is Sustainable Development Taking Root? Brian Motherway and Mary Kelly35
3. Changing Gender Roles in Intimate Relationships Betty Hilliard48
4. Understanding Irish Attitudes to Poverty and Wealth Niamh Hardiman, Tony McCashin and Diane Payne58
5. Political Alienation John Garry75
6. Irish Social and Political Cleavages Fiachra Kennedy and Richard Sinnott93
7. Stability and Change in the Structure of Electoral Competition, 1989-2002 Michael Marsh109
Conclusion Niamh Hardiman127
Appendix A: Methodology - a description of how the Irish Social and Political Attitudes Survey 2002 was conducted.140
Appendix B: Questionnaire and frequencies143