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The Irish water charges movement
national | bin tax / household tax / water tax | opinion/analysis Wednesday January 25, 2017 21:44 by Laurence Cox - MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism
Theorising "the social movement in general"
A working paper on the water charges movement now available online for comment and discussion.
This paper uses participant narratives and Marxist social movement theory to analyse resistance to water charges as the driving force of Irish anti-austerity struggles – or “the social movement in general”. It locates this movement within the history of working-class community-based self-organisation in Ireland. Contemporary resistance to metering and refusal to pay are not “spontaneous”, but articulate long-standing local rationalities.