Sociology responds to the crisis: International Women’s Day lecture

‘Bringing gender into the story of the Irish economic, banking and fiscal crisis’

Dr Mary Murphy (Department of Sociology, NUI Maynooth)

JM Singe Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin 01:00 :: 7th March 2012

Time 19.00-21.00



Nancy Fraser draws attention to the relationship between redistribution, recognition and representation. This short input continues this tradition by making the links between women’s political inequality and Irish responses to this economic and fiscal crisis. It draws attention to power and discourse, to media and the public narrative of crisis as well as the gendered nature of the the policy responses and the distributional consequences and outcomes of Irish responses to crisis. Put simply policy responses that focus on public expenditure cuts are worst for women while a strategy that focused on enhancing revenue capacity results in more income equality for women. Government had and has clear choices but continues to choose policies that exacerbate gender inequality and wider inequality in Ireland.

Mary P. Murphy B.A., PhD (DCU) is a lecturer in Irish Politics and Society in the Department of Sociology, National University of Ireland Maynooth. She primarily works in the field of political sociology. Her work has covered globalisation and welfare states; the politics of redistribution; power and civil society and gender and social security. She has published widely, her most recent publication (with Peadar Kirby) is Towards the Second Republic: Irish Politics after the Celtic Tiger (Pluto Ireland, 2011). Prior to academic life she worked full time in social justice campaigning groups and continues to be an active advocate for social justice in the media and in initiatives that promote a more equal sustainable Ireland.

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