‘Much leeway needs to be made up in our equipment’: Muintir na Tire and US scholarships for Irish sociology students, 1958–59


Murray, Peter (2012) ‘Much leeway needs to be made up in our equipment’: Muintir na Tire and US scholarships for Irish sociology students, 1958–59. Irish Journal of Sociology, 20 (1). pp. 65-83. ISSN 0791-6035

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Abstract

Documentary investigation has particular strengths to offer the study of the historical emergence of sociological research. Here two documents relating to a Muintir na Tire initiative of the late 1950s to secure US scholarship funding for Irish students of sociology are introduced and reproduced. The reasons why the scheme did not get off the ground, even though financial support appeared to be on offer, are discussed. Here a combination of Muintir na Tire's limited support within the Catholic Church and a modest, but significant, expansion of Irish social science educational capacity brought about by the use of Archbishop McQuaid's power within University College Dublin are emphasised.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: sociology; scholarships; US universities; Muintir na Tire; Catholic Church; documentary research;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
Item ID: 9076
Identification Number: 10.7227/IJS.20.1.4
Depositing User: Peter Murray
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2017 14:54
Journal or Publication Title: Irish Journal of Sociology
Publisher: Sage Publications
Refereed: Yes
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