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'Imagine being so suddenly useless': Unemployment, Vulnerability and the Irish Financial Crash in Donal Ryan's The Spinning Heart
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3231-7649
2021 (English)In: Engaging with Work in English Studies: An Issue-Based Approach / [ed] Henry, Alastair & Persson, Åke, Cham: Springer, 2021, p. 21-44Chapter in book (Other academic)
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The economic boom in Ireland, referred to as the Celtic Tiger, resulted in a financial merry-go-round, where there were few restrictions controlling the financial institutions. This in turn created a financial bubble that ultimately burst, resulting in the financial crash in 2008. At both the individual and collective levels, the crash was devastating, causing severe unemployment and economic hardship, even poverty among many segments of the population, re-shaping the landscape of work in Ireland. This chapter explores the pain and vulnerability following the crash as represented in Donal Ryan’s novel The Spinning Heart (2012). The novel offers a hard-hitting critique of irresponsible constructors and employers, a reality ultimately made possible by a corrupt and dysfunctional political culture.

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Cham: Springer, 2021. p. 21-44
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The Irish economic boom, the Celtic Tiger, unemployment, the crash
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-17488DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-69720-4ISBN: 9783030697198 (print)ISBN: 9783030697204 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-17488DiVA, id: diva2:1597034
Available from: 2021-09-24 Created: 2021-09-24 Last updated: 2021-10-29Bibliographically approved

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