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Rough Food A Time of Reckoning
Adrian Peace

Price: CDN$44.95
In early 1988, the residents of Killeagh, a small village in Cork County, Ireland, were informed that an American transnational company proposed to build a chemical factor in their locality, which was predominantly devoted to dairy farming. Merrell Dow argued that their proposal would bring investment, employment, and development to the area. The Irish State fully backed the corporation. Many local residents, however, objected to Merrell Dow's plan from the outset and a small number of farm families and their neighbours committed themselves to defeating it.

A TIME OF RECKONING: The politics of Discourse in Rual Ireland examines the political conflict that resulted by charting the course of the local opposition movement from its inception through to it eventual triumph. Adrian Peace argues that subsequent events are best understood as a site of struggle between eh populist discourse of grass roots resistance to the proposal and the scientific discourse elaborated by Merrell Dow and the Irish State in a public hearing, which brought the contending parties together. The analysis of the politics of the extended hearing, herein described as a "theatre of control," constitutes a substantial part of this fine-grained ethnography. The book concludes by described how, in true ironic fashion, the residents of Killeagh were spared this major threat to their way of life by a multinational takeover on the other side of the Atlantic.

Adrian Peace has a D.Phil. in social Anthropology from the University of Sussex. His early research was conducted among migrant workers in southwestern Nigeria, and focused on questions of ethnicity and class, detailed in a series of articles and a book. Since the mid-1980's, Dr. Peace has spent almost three years researching the changing character of an Irish village, and the politics of environmental issues. He also writes on the anthropology of environmentalism in Australia, particularly conflicts in the native forests of New South Wales.

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