Church, state and social science in Ireland: Knowledge institutions and the rebalancing of power, 1937-73

Church, state and social science in Ireland: Knowledge institutions and the rebalancing of power, 1937-73

by Peter Murray, Maria Feeney

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Overview

The immense power the Catholic Church once wielded in Ireland has considerably diminished over the last fifty years. During the same period the Irish state has pursued new economic and social development goals by wooing foreign investors and throwing the state's lot in with an ever-widening European integration project. How a less powerful church and a more assertive state related to one another during the key third quarter of the twentieth century is the subject of this book. Drawing on newly available material, it looks at how social science, which had been a church monopoly, was taken over and bent to new purposes by politicians and civil servants. This case study casts new light on wider processes of change, and the story features a strong and somewhat surprising cast of characters ranging from Sean Lemass and T.K. Whitaker to Archbishop John Charles McQuaid and Father Denis Fahey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526121721
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 12/01/2018
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Peter Murray is Lecturer in Sociology at Maynooth University, Ireland

Maria Feeney has lectured in Sociology and Education at Maynooth University, Ireland

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Sociology and Catholic social movement in an independent Irish State
2. Facing facts: the empirical turn of Irish Catholic sociology in the 1950s
3. US Aid and the creation of an Irish scientific research infrastructure
4. The institutionalisation of Irish social research
5. Social research and state planning
Conclusion
Index

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