NERI Seminar Belfast: Social Class in Northern Ireland, in Theory and Data

13 June 2019, 3:30pm - 4:45pm

Topic:  Social Class in Northern Ireland, in Theory and Data

Speaker:  Dr Eoin Flaherty, Lecturer, NUI Maynooth

Date:  13th June, 2019

Time:  15:45 (Tea and coffee from 15:30, Seminar ends 16:45)

Venue:  INTO, 23-24 College Gardens, Belfast, BT9 6BS


This talk will attempt to place Northern Ireland within international debates on inequality and class structure. Much work has been done in the past decade on measuring the extent, and exploring the causes of, variations in inequality – particularly amongst Anglo-Saxon and OECD nations. What is the structure and extent of inequality in Northern Ireland? How might Northern Ireland’s experience of inequality fit within these new explanatory frameworks, which place the blame for rising inequality on economic liberalism, financialisation, and institutional weakening in both public welfare and unionisation? In attempting to answer this, I assess the current state of knowledge on Northern Irish Inequality, present an overview of changing patterns of inequality over the past decade, and consider how its unique economic and social structure requires us to modify our understanding of the causes, consequences, and remedies for rising inequality.



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