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Dr. Tom Boland

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Lecturer in Sociology

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School of Humanities - Applied Arts

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FTG 16a T- Block/ FTG Rooms

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My Biography

Tom Boland received his Ph.D from UCC in 2006. His research specialisations are the sociology of critique and the experience and government of unemployment. He is currently researching the experience and narration of jobseeking and the cultural constitution of the labour market, and writing about the genealogy and discursive construction of critique. He is co-director with colleagues of the Centre for the Study of the Moral Foundations of Economy & Society.

With Ray Griffin, he is director of the Economy and Society Summer School, launched in 2015 by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

http://economyandsocietysummerschool.org/

Research

Recent Publications

Boland, T. (2018) The Spectacle of Critique: From Philosophy to Cacophony. London: Routledge. (Forthcoming, August 2018)

Boland, T. & Griffin, R. (2018) ‘The Purgatorial Ethic and the Spirit of Welfare’ Journal of Classical Sociology 18(2): 87–103.

Boland, T. (2018) Permanent Liminality in novels: Subversion, Theatricality and Crisis.”  International Political Anthropology 11(1): 29-42

Boland, T. & Griffin, R. (2018) ‘Purgatory’ in Routledge Handbook of Economic Theology. Ed. Swarzkopf, S. London, Routledge. (Forthcoming)

Boland, T. (2018) ‘The Cacophony of Critique: New Model Army’s protest against neo-liberal critique.’ Pp 489-505  In Dillane, A. & Power, M. (ed) Songs of Social Protest. London, Rowman & Littlefield.

 

Publications:

Books:

Boland, T. & Griffin, R. (2015) The Sociology of Unemployment. Manchester, Manchester University Press, [Including 3 single-authored chapters, 2 jointly authored and editorial introduction and conclusion]

Boland, T. (2013) Critique as a modern social phenomenon: The Critical Society. New York, Edwin Mellen Press: 416 pp. (Winner of Publisher's prize for 2013, $500)

Book Chapters:

Boland, T. (2015) ‘Nothing to be done’ pp 11-29 in The Sociology of Unemployment. Manchester, Manchester University Press.

Boland, T.  & Griffin, R. (2015) ‘Autoethnographies of Irish Social Welfare Offices’ pp 125-142 in The Sociology of Unemployment. Manchester University Press.

Boland, T. (2015) ‘Job-seeking: Making a self for the labour market’ pp 143-161 in The Sociology of Unemployment. Manchester, Manchester University Press.

Boland, T. (2015) ‘Experiencing Activation: Ireland’s new pathway?’ pp 162-183 in The Sociology of Unemployment. Manchester, Manchester University Press.

Boland, T., Shearer, R. & Tuite, A. (2015) ‘Nothing to be said: The underlying structure of ‘news’ about unemployment’ pp 187-208 in The Sociology of Unemployment. Manchester, Manchester University Press.

Boland, T. & Petersen, A. (2015) “Den pragmatiske kritiksociologi” Pp 303-323 in Jacobsen, M. and Petersen, A. (Eds.) Kritik Klassiske og Kontemporaere. Hans Reitzels Forlag, 

Boland, T.  & Griffin, R. (2015) ‘A Telling Silence: Beckett, Kafka and the Experience of Being Unemployed’ pp 89-107 in Izik, M., Hutchin, L. & Anderson, D. (eds.) Untold Stories in Organisations. London, Routledge.

Boland, T.  (2013) “The Anti-Statesmen: The Critical Politics of Ordo-liberalism and Occupy.” Pp 167-194 in Horvath, A. and O’Brien, J. (Eds) The Statesman and the Politics of Limits. Florence, Ficino Press.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

Boland, T. & Griffin, R. (2017) ‘Working Backstage: An ethnographic account of social welfare offices.’ Irish Journal of Anthropology

Boland, T. & Clogher, P. (2017) ‘A Genealogy of Critique: From parrhesia to prophecy.’ Critical Research on Religion.  5(2): 116-132.

Boland, T. & Griffin, R. (2016) ‘Making Sacrifices: How the ungenerous gifts of social welfare constitute the unemployed as scapegoats.’ Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory 17(2): 174-191.

Boland, T.  (2016) ‘Seeking a role: Disciplining jobseekers as actors in the labour market’ Work, Employment and Society 30(2): 334-351.

Boland, T. & Griffin, R. (2015) ‘The Death of Unemployment in Welfare Policy: Governing a liminal experience’ Irish Journal of Sociology 23(2): 29-48.

Boland, T. (2014) “Critique is a Thing of this World: Towards a Genealogy of Critique.” History of the Human Sciences 27(1): 108-123.

Boland, T. & Griffin, R. (2013). “Autoethnographies of the hard work of doing nothing: Re-writing the experience of unemployment.” Besacna 8: 127-143.

Boland, T. (2013) “Towards an Anthropology of Critique: The Experience of liminality and crisis.” Anthropological Theory 13(3): 222-239.

Boland, T. (2013) “Rebels, Critics and Cynics” International Political Anthropology 6(2): 107-114.

Boland, T. (2012) “Critical Comedy: Satire, Absurdity and Ireland’s Economic Crash.” Irish Political Studies 27(3): 440-456.

Boland, T. (2010) “Education, Initiation and the Tricks of Critique: Sociological Introductory Texts and the formation of Critical Outsiders.” International Political Anthropology 3(2): 151-168

Boland, T. (2010) “Critical Discourse in the Media: The liminality of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger.” Irish Journal of Sociology 25(2): 66-81.

Boland, T. (2009) “Romantic Subjectivities: Blake, Wordsworth and the trace of the ‘other’.” Textual Practice 23(4): 559-580.

Boland, T. (2008) “Critique as Imitative Rivalry: The Political Anthropology of George Orwell.” International Political Anthropology 1(1): 77-92.

Boland, T. (2007) “Critical Subjectivity: Towards a Gnomonic model of subject constitution.”  Culture, Theory and Critique 48(2): 123-138.

Boland, T. (2007) “Critique as a Technique of Self: A Butlerian Analysis of Judith Butler’s Prefaces.” History of the Human Sciences 20(3): 105-122.

Boland, T.  (2003) “The Process of Creation: New Communities, New Subjects.”  Béascna – Journal of Folklore and Ethnology 2: 107-118.

Book Reviews:

Boland, T. (2017) Review of Kwon, & Lane, C. (2016) Anthropologies of Unemployment: New Perspectives on Work and its absence. Cornell, Cornell University Press.

Boland, T. (2016) Review of Felski, R. The Limits of Critique. Chicago, University of Chicago Press – with Cultural Sociology.

Boland, T. (2016) Review of Argyrou, V. The Gift of European Thought and the Cost of Living. Oxford, Berghahn. In International Political Anthropology 9(1): 87-90.

Boland, T. (2015) Review of Keohane, K. & Kuhling, C. The Domestic, Moral And Political Economies Of Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland: What Rough Beast? Manchester University Press. In Irish Journal of Anthropology 18(2): 157-159.

Boland, T. (2012) Review of Graeber, D. Debt: the first 5,000 years. International Political Anthropology 5(1): 103-108.

Boland, T. (2012) Review of Boltanski, L. On Critique: Towards a Sociology of Emancipation  in Thesis Eleven 109: 120-125.

Boland, T. (2008) “Political Hypocrisy or Anti-Hypocrisy?” Review of Runciman, D. (2008) Political Hypocrisy: The Mask of Power from Hobbes to Orwell. Princeton UP. In International Political Anthropology 1(2): 288-290.

Boland, T. (2006) Review of Giesen, B. (2004) Triumph and Trauma; European Journal of Social Theory 9(2): 303-307.

Teaching

Main Teaching areas: Modern Social Theory, Contemporary Irish Society, Political Sociology, Sociology of Media, Sociology of Deviance, Sociology of Literature and Historical Sociology.

I co-ordinate the supervision of final year dissertations in Sociology, and supervise Arts and Social Care students. To date I have supervised one Doctoral candidate, Jill O’Mahony, to completion in 2013. Currently co-supervising Kenny Doyle (with Niamh Maguire) a funded project on Pathways to Work, Wendy O'Leary (with Jill O'Mahony) on Fan Cultures, and Pilar Roderigues (on precarious migrant workers) Funded by the IRC and UNITE I am supervising Donie Fell; Oral histories of Waterford Crystal.

My teaching is closely connected to my research interests and contemporary social issues. I use verbal, interactive and multi-media methods to present material. I orient my assessment towards direct applications of course material to students’ areas of interest: for example, in Media students analyse media texts and debates.

At WIT I also co-ordinate bi-annual collaborative summer research projects with staff and students on unemployment and precarious work (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018) These projects are interdisciplinary, promote staff research profiles and publication, and provide valuable research experience of graduate and post-graduate students. I have organised three conferences at WIT, and have organised several staff research forums and almost a dozen visiting speakers. With Ray Griffin (WIT) I am also director of the Economy + Society Summer School, and I am also a regular contributor to the International Political Anthropology summer school in Rome.

Professional

Media Work:

Report:

Boland, T. & Griffin, R. (2016) The Impact of Sanctions: Evidence from international research and qualitative interviews. Waterford Institute of Technology (24pp)

Boland, T. & Griffin, R. (2015 – with contributions from John O’Brien, Jonathon Culleton, Jennifer Yeager, Niamh Maguire and Kenny Doyle), The Condition of Unemployment: Appraising Ireland’s new welfare policies. Waterford Institute of Technology. (32pp)

Radio Appearances: Today with Seán O’Rourke, 28 August 2015: On the experiences of Unemployment. Also various appearances on WLR fm.

Digital Publications:

Boland, T. (2014) “Welfare to social control: a neo-liberal transformation.” Crimetalk April, 2014, ed. Sumner, C. (5 pgs)

Boland, T. & Griffin, R. (2015) “Jobseeking Surrounded By Fictions, Myths And Convenient Narratives” Welfare Weekly & Truepublica August 2015.

Boland, T. & Griffin, R. “Unemployment: It’s not what you think it is...” Manchester University Press Blog. May 2016

Print Media Articles:

Boland, T. & Griffin, R. (2016) ‘Pathways’ employment initiative will railroad unemployed into precarious work.’ Irish Examiner Feb 1st.

Boland, T. & Griffin, R. (2015) ‘Ending unemployment should not mean punishing those who are out of work’ Irish Independent December 31st.

Boland, T. Giffin, R. & Keohane, K. (2015) ‘Irish Think-Tanks don’t think anymore.’ Irish Times Nov. 2nd.

Boland, T. & Griffin, R. (2015) ’10 Myths about Unemployment’ Irish Examiner Sept 30th.

Boland, T. & Griffin, R. (2015) ‘A choice between hard labour or destitution’ Irish Examiner Aug 11th.

Boland, T. (2015) ‘This is no time to rest on our laurels’ Irish Examiner, May 25th.

Boland, T. (2014) ‘The New “Protection Racket” ‘ The Village 8-9, November.

Boland, T. (2014) “Cutting back the working week is key to job creation.” Irish Independent, 3 March, 2014.

Boland, T. (2012) “We need to change our relationship with work” Irish Examiner, 17 August, 2012.

Member of Sociological Association of Ireland, British Sociological Association, Anthropological Association of Ireland, International Political Anthropology. 

Public and Policy engagement

Report:

Boland, T. & Griffin, R. (2015 – with contributions from John O’Brien, Jonathon Culleton, Jennifer Yeager, Niamh Maguire and Kenny Doyle, The Condition of Unemployment: Appraising Ireland’s new welfare policies. Waterford Institute of Technology. (32pp)

Digital Publications:

Boland, T. (2014) “Welfare to social control: a neo-liberal transformation.” Crimetalk April, 2014, ed. Sumner, C. (5 pgs)

Print Media Articles:

Boland, T. & Griffin, R. (2015) ’10 Myths and Complications about Unemployment’  Irish Examiner Sept 30th.

Boland, T. & Griffin, R. (2015) ‘A choice between hard labour or destitution’ Irish Examiner Aug 11th.

Boland, T. (2015) ‘This is no time to rest on our laurels’ Irish Examiner, May 25th.

Boland, T. (2014) ‘The New “Protection Racket” ‘ The Village 8-9, November.

Boland, T. (2014) “Cutting back the working week is key to job creation.” Irish Independent, 3 March, 2014.

Boland, T. (2012) “We need to change our relationship with work” Irish Examiner, 17 August, 2012.