Irish Children and Teenagers in a Changing World: The National Write Here, Write Now Project O’Connor, Pat Manchester University Press, 9780719078200 (pb) Order this book? In her latest work, the Irish sociologist Pat O’Connor explores young people’s accounts of their lives at the cusp of the millennium. Her examination of the lives of young people in Ireland at a time of immense economic, cultural and social change provides a unique lens through which to test some of the theories of identity in late modernity. Though increasingly a participant in the globalised world, Ireland remains a place that is relatively culturally and ethnically homogeneous, where the family unit plays an important role in structuring children’s relationships to adults as well as their gender roles and relationships, and where the Roman Catholic Church and the State continue to mediate gender hierarchies. All of these distinctive features of Irish culture and society, O’Connor argues, may play a role in mediating the processes of individualisation that contemporary social theorists have described. O’Connor’s work is drawn from a large data set of texts written by young people, aged 10-12 and 14-17, who were asked to tell their life stories and to describe themselves ‘and
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