Northern Ireland and the Politics of Boredom: Conflict, Capital and Culture (Paperback)
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Northern Ireland and the Politics of Boredom: Conflict, Capital and Culture (Paperback)

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Paperback 232 Pages
Published: 06/12/2019
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This book provides a new interpretation of the Northern Irish Troubles. From internment to urban planning, the hunger strikes to post-conflict tourism, it asserts that concepts of capitalism have been consistently deployed to alleviate and exacerbate violence in the North. Through a detailed analysis of the diverse cultural texts, Legg traces the affective energies produced by capitalism’s persistent attempt to resolve Northern Ireland’s ethnic-national divisions: a process he calls the politics of boredom. Such an approach warrants a reconceptualization of boredom as much as cultural production. In close readings of Derek Mahon’s poetry, the photography of Willie Doherty and the female experience of incarceration, Legg argues that cultural texts can delineate a more democratic – less philosophical – conception of ennui.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9781526145895
Number of pages: 232
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 17 mm


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‘In that the book rethinks Northern Ireland in terms other than the established one of political divisions it is already significant. In that it focuses on a potentially progressive mode of understanding actualities which transcend old binaries it is doubly significant.’British Association for Irish Studies book prize judges, Highly Commended - .

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