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Diversities and Inequalities (DI)

Global societies are increasingly becoming more diverse and pluralistic in terms of gender, ethnic and religious identities, some of the changes relating to immigration. These diversities may turn to inequalities and, therefore, posit exciting sociological challenges. Besides, as ending inequalities and discrimination are key goals of the United Nations, we investigate topics connected to these goals such as violence against LGBT people; ethnic, racial and religious discrimination; gender equality, abortion and women’s movements; cross-border immigration, asylum seeking in Ireland and abroad; and contested national identities. Moreover, we are interested in understanding how intersecting inequalities related to migration status, religious affiliations, and sexuality affect people’s attitudes towards immigration and social cohesion. We use a wide range of methods from biographical and narrative interviews and ethnography to surveys and experiments. Our research reflects on policies, social movements, the societal and political discourse in these fields, and combines critical, historical, global and postcolonial perspectives.

  • Allen, Kieran. 2021. 32 Counties: The Failure of Partition and the Case for a United Ireland. London: Pluto Press.

  • Boucher, Gerard, and Iarfhlaith Watson. 2017. “Fortress Europe as Empire and Ireland’s National Diaspora Centre.” Visual Studies 32(3):273–83. doi: 10.1080/1472586X.2017.1358105.

  • Carol, Sarah, and Karsten Hank. 2019. “Natives’ and Immigrants’ Gender Preferences for Children in Germany.” European Journal of Population 36(2):235–46. doi: 10.1007/s10680-019-09527-y.

  • Clancy, Patrick, and Sara O’Sullivan. 2020. “Gender Parity in Higher Education Enrolments: Trends and Paradoxes.” Irish Educational Studies 1–18. doi: 10.1080/03323315.2020.1779107.

  • Chakravarty, Dyuti, Alice Feldman, and Emma Penney. 2020. “Analysing Contemporary Women’s Movements for Bodily Autonomy, Pluriversalizing the Feminist Scholarship on the Politics of Respectability.” Journal of International Women’s Studies 21(7):170–88.

  • Creighton, Mathew J, Frances McGinnity and Éamonn Fahey (forthcoming) Immigration, identity and anonymity: Intentionally masked intolerance in Ireland, International Migration Review.

  • Eichsteller, Marta. 2018. “Guest, Trader or Explorer: Biographical Perspectives on the Experiences of Cross-Border Mobility in Europe.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 41(5):977–95. doi: 10.1080/01419870.2017.1315152.

  • Kondakov, Alexander Sasha. 2021. “Challenging the Logic of Progressive Timeline, Queering LGBT Successes and Failures in Ireland and Russia.” Sexualities 13634607211051556. doi: 10.1177/13634607211051555.

  • Olga Bzdawka

  • Monika da Silva Pedroso

  • Dyuti Chakravarty

  • Halyna Herasym

  • Daniel Guigui

  • Yuliang Lu

  • Jeffery Niu

  • Nada Yehia

UCD School of Sociology

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