UCC editorial team force readers to reimagine Ireland

UCC editorial team force readers to reimagine Ireland

Órla O’Donovan, Rosie Meade and Fiona Dukelow of UCC’s Applied Social Studies Department, the editors of the new book series. Pic: Clare Keogh.

A THOUGHT-provoking new book series, with a UCC editorial team at the helm, will force readers to reimagine Ireland, from the law to interpersonal relationships.

The series will explore in detail a number of issues such as trade unions, our relationship with money and treatment of animals.

Órla O’Donovan, Rosie Meade and Fiona Dukelow, of UCC’s School of Applied Social Studies, the editors of the series, say it is not a 10-point plan for how Ireland could be better, but rather about “putting thinking and questioning, that’s not only radical but also hopeful, at the heart of what a university does in the social sciences and how it contributes to social change.”

The series is needed now more than ever, according to Ms Dukelow, as we face issues such as extreme inequality, the stranglehold the ‘1%’ has on global politics and economics, the dominance of ‘fiscal discipline’ and lack of democracy in the EU, oceans full of plastic and a planet that’s rapidly heating up.

“It’s easy to succumb to pessimistic thinking about the future of our societies and the idea that any discussion of utopian thinking and alternative ideas and forms of action is a hopeless and hapless exercise in the face of such challenges,” she said.

The first three books focus on ‘Freedom?’ written by Kevin Ryan and Fiona Whelan under the collaborative name ‘Two Fuse’, ‘Commemoration’ by Heather Laird, lecturer in the School of English, UCC, and the ‘Public Sphere’, penned by Harry Browne, Senior Lecturer in DIT’s School of Media.

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