Adjusting Men and Abiding Mammies: Gendering the Recession in Ireland

  • Diane Negra


In a 2011 article in the US magazine Vanity Fair financial journalist Michael Lewis offered an account of the collapse of the Celtic Tiger. The article consistently sustains a gendered subtext and early on it conveys the frequently made (if seldom elaborated or explored) point that cultures of male entitlement and risk had much to do with the global financial collapse. Specifically, notes Lewis, ‘Ireland’s financial collapse … was created by the sort of men who ignore their wives’ suggestion that maybe they should stop and ask for directions.’1 Setting the Irish post-boom period in comparative relation to circumstances in Greece and Iceland Lewis suggests that, while cultural interrogations of such gendered entitlement have emerged in other nations (based in part on the recognition that rhetorics of business-friendliness are often oblique endorsements of gender and class privilege), Ireland almost uniquely clings to its status quo.


Popular Culture Flight Attendant Credit Crunch Political Rhetoric Corporate Personhood 
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