The Irish Suburban Imaginary
This chapter argues that, contrary to their representation as places of social alienation and communal disintegration, the suburbs are actually sites where engaged civic cultures thrive, and in which there are manifold instances of, what can usefully be termed, ‘social affiliation’. Although globalisation and technological advances increasingly appear to weaken and atrophy attachments to the local, this chapter argues that Irish suburban life remains a place of ‘mico-civicism’ where social participation is strong, binding and important
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