Explaining Social Change: Ireland's Moral Revolution

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference


What role has solidarity played in Ireland’s liberalization? Can we understand this moral transformation as the inevitable strengthening of individualist norms through processes of globalization, in ways that necessarily erode solidarity? This paper argues instead that the case of Ireland reveals both the normative character of social change and the importance of attending to varieties of solidarity. The paper considers the dimensions of change in Ireland as it has moved from patriarchy to egalitarianism through a series of critical events, while at the same time sustaining a solidaristic culture in the face of potential libertarianism.
Period03 Apr 2024
Event titleBritish Sociological Association Virtual Annual Conference: Crisis, Continuity and Change
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • social change
  • normativity
  • moral revolution
  • libery
  • solidarity
  • equality