The Cork Civil Landscape
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The Cork Civil Landscape 2016-2021 by Stephen Howard Bean (hardback.)
Each book contains a signed photograph
Editors Dr. Robert Fourie, Sarah Horgan
Representations of what it means to be Irish have changed considerably through the years. Younger generations are no longer as subjugated by religion, women have — more or less — equal rights than before and minorities now have — more or less — voices. I say more or less because of course white privilege and, in the case of women’s human rights, a glass ceiling, still exist. Overall, in my opinion, these changes have been for the good; but there is no guarantee that such positive developments will last.
The images included reflect the multi ethnic nature of the Cork protests. Many of the protests highlight inconvenient truths, both for the public and for politicians. These protests can be viewed as acts of civil engagement because they epitomise democracy. Furthermore, they allow citizens to express their views or frustrations at events whether those views relate to women’s human rights or are related to LGBTQ+ rights, as celebrated in annual Cork Pride marches. Most civil protests and marches lean towards the left and are, thankfully more revolutionary than reactionary.