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Dr. David Landy

Assistant Professor (Sociology)
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David Landy is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, director of the MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict and teaching on the Masters and Undergraduate programmes in sociology. A graduate of Trinity College, he has lived in Finland and Germany, working in the NGO and development sector. His main research interests are race and ethnicity, and social movements particularly with regard to Israel/Palestine. His doctoral dissertation, funded by IRCHSS, was on diaspora Jewish opposition to Israel. He is the author of "Jewish Identity and Palestinian Rights: Diaspora Jewish Opposition to Israel', and has published on social movements in Ireland and abroad in a wide variety of sociological journals, including Sociology, Race and Class, International Sociology, and Ethnic and Racial Studies
  Conflict/Dispute Resolution   Diaspora   Immigrants   Israel-Palestine   Multicultural Society   Racism/Race Relations   Social Change   Social Movements   Sociological Theory
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Details Date From Date To
Secretary, Sociological Association of Ireland 2013
British Sociological Association
David Landy, Richard Layte, The Fighting Irish? Explaining the Temporal Pattern of Social Protest during Ireland's Fiscal Crisis 2008-2014, Sociology, 2017, p20 , Notes: [Abstract The fiscal crisis of 2008 led to severe recession and hardship in Ireland, yet there was relatively little civic unrest and public protest until the autumn of 2014 when, paradoxically, economic conditions had improved significantly. Sociologists often explain such patterns by invoking a social mechanism based on perceived 'relative deprivation' among a population sub-group. We show that these processes cannot explain the temporal pattern of protest in Ireland and argue instead that events should be understood through the interaction of two different processes: first, the development of an 'incidental' grievance which framed popular discontent about the 'structural' grievances brought about by the wider fiscal crisis and recession. Second, the early absence of, and later emergence of coordinated political opposition with effective 'strategies of contention'. We use a mixed methods approach, drawing on seven waves of the European Social Survey combined with qualitative interviews.], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
David Landy, 2017. "The place of Palestinians in tourist and Zionist discourses in the 'City of David', occupied East Jerusalem." 14 (3):309-323., Critical Discourse Studies , 14, (3), 2017, p309 - 323, Notes: [ABSTRACT The 'City of David' in Silwan is on the original site of Jerusalem. Located in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, it is both an illegal Israeli settlement in a Palestinian neighbourhood and a popular international tourist destination. This article examines how the site is narrated by tour operators and tourists through fieldwork, interviews and analysis of tourist comments on the TripAdvisor site. It argues that Israeli settlers have successfully harnessed tourist discourse in order to present their vision of a Jewish Jerusalem in which Palestinian existence is ignored or treated as a threat. The site allows tourists to connect to and experience a mythical biblical past, something which answers to tourist desires to have an authentic encounter with the destination culture. In the site's narratives, the presence of Palestinians in the area is elided over through spatial and linguistic separation and by denying their legitimate presence. This indicates how the congruence between Zionist and tourist discourses discursively legitimises Israeli colonisation of Silwan.], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
David Landy, Navigating Solidarity: How Palestine solidarity groups in the UK and Ireland have responded to the Palestinian statehood bid, Revue Miroirs, 5, (1), 2017, p56 - 77, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Sheridan, V., David Landy, and Vanessa Stout, 2017. The return of the 'Black Babies': how development education affects schoolchildren's attitudes to the majority world - the TrĂ³caire 2012 Lenten campaign. Race Ethnicity and Education:1-17, Race Ethnicity and Education, 2017, p17 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Landy, David, Bringing the Outside In: Field Interaction and Transformation from Below in Political Struggles., Social Movement Studies, 14, (3), 2015, p255 - 269, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Landy, David, Challengers in the migrant field: pro-migrant Irish NGO responses to the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill, Ethnic and Racial Studies:1-18., 2014, p1 - 18, Notes: [This article examines the dynamics through which the migrant field in Ireland is governed, and, through analysing NGO contention over the Immigration, Residence and Protection (IRP) Bill, explores the role they play in the field. The article argues that NGOs both influence and are institutionally channelled by state discourse surrounding migrants. The IRP Bill was designed to regulate non-EU citizens in Ireland, and codified the discretionary powers of the Irish state over migrants. While NGOs offered an influential critique of this process, in doing so they reproduced the dominant representation of migrants in Ireland as problems to be separated out and managed by elite experts. In explaining why this was so, I draw on Bourdieu's argument that those within a field of practice articulate their identities and goals through the dominant language of that field.], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Negotiating power: Social movement theory and migrant groups in Ireland in, editor(s)Louis Brennan , Enacting Globalization: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on International Integration, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, [David Landy], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
David Landy, Talking Human Rights: How social movement activists are constructed and constrained by human rights discourse, International Sociology, 28, (4), 2013, p409-428 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
David Landy, Jewish Identity and Palestinian Rights: Diaspora Jewish Opposition to Israel, London, Zed, 2011, 1 - 250pp, Book, PUBLISHED
David Landy, The mirror stage of movement intellectuals? Jewish criticism of Israel and its relationship to a developing social movement, Interface, 1, (1), 2009, p188 - 215, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
  

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David Landy, Muslims in neoliberal Ireland, Review of 'Experiences of Islamophobia, by James Carr , Patterns of Prejudice , 51, (2), 2017, p213-214 , Review, PUBLISHED
David Landy, 'We are more than statistics and scattered body parts": Telling stories and coalescing Palestinian history, International Sociology Review of Books, 28, (2), 2013, p145 - 154, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
David Landy, The use of universalist discourses in social movements: How Israel-critical Jewish activists deploy and are constrained by human rights talk, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Cardiff University, 16-18 April 2009, 2009, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
David Landy, Jewish involvement in Israel-critical groups: Identity politics, solidarity movement or a disparate group of people doing their separate things?, Eleventh International Conference on Alternative Futures and Popular Protest, Manchester Metropolitan University, 19-21 April 2006, edited by Colin Barker and Mike Tyldesley , 2006, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED

  

Award Date
Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences postgraduate scholarship 2006-9
His research interests concern the politics of ethnicity and identity; transnational social movements (in particular the tension between the object of activism and activists themselves); human rights discourse; diaspora and migration; Zionism and anti-Zionism; and Israel/Palestine.