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Place, space and discourse
Editors: Christine Agius and Dean Keep

Identity is often regarded as something that is possessed by individuals, states, and other agents. In this edited collection, identity is explored across a range of approaches and under-explored case studies with a view to making visible its fractured, contingent, and dynamic features. The book brings together themes of belonging and exclusion, identity formation and fragmentation. It also examines how identity functions in discourse, and the effects it produces, both materially and in ideational terms. Taking in case studies from Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, the various chapters interrogate identity through formal governing mechanisms, popular culture and place. These studies demonstrate the complex and fluid nature of identity and identity practices, as well as implications for theorising identity.

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Postcolonial governance and the policing of family
Author: Joe Turner

Bordering intimacy is a study of how borders and dominant forms of intimacy, such as family, are central to the governance of postcolonial states such as Britain. The book explores the connected history between contemporary border regimes and the policing of family with the role of borders under European and British empires. Building upon postcolonial, decolonial and black feminist theory, the investigation centres on how colonial bordering is remade in contemporary Britain through appeals to protect, sustain and make family life. Not only was family central to the making of colonial racism but claims to family continue to remake, shore up but also hide the organisation of racialised violence in liberal states. Drawing on historical investigations, the book investigates the continuity of colonial rule in numerous areas of contemporary government – family visa regimes, the policing of sham marriages, counterterror strategies, deprivation of citizenship, policing tactics, integration policy. In doing this, the book re-theorises how we think of the connection between liberal government, race, family, borders and empire. In using Britain as a case, this opens up further insights into the international/global circulations of liberal empire and its relationship to violence.

Irish republican media activism since the Good Friday Agreement
Author: Paddy Hoey

Newspapers, magazines and pamphlets have always been central, almost sacred, forms of communication within Irish republican political culture. While social media is becoming the primary ideological battleground in many democracies, Irish republicanism steadfastly expresses itself in the traditional forms of activist journalism.

Shinners, Dissos and Dissenters is a long-term analysis of the development of Irish republican activist media since 1998 and the tumultuous years following the end of the Troubles. It is the first in-depth analysis of the newspapers, magazines and online spaces in which the differing strands of Irish republicanism developed and were articulated during a period where schism and dissent defined a return to violence.

Based on an analysis of Irish republican media outlets as well as interviews with the key activists that produced them, this book provides a compelling long-term snapshot of a political ideology in transition. It reveals how Irish Republicanism was moulded by the twin forces of the Northern Ireland Peace Process and the violent internal ideological schism that threatened a return to the ‘bad old days’ of the Troubles.

This book is vital for those studying Irish politics and those interestedin activism as it provides new insights into the role that modern activist media forms have played in the ideological development of a 200-year-old political tradition.

Race and nation in twenty-first-century Britain

Nationalism has reasserted itself today as the political force of our times, remaking European politics wherever one looks. Britain is no exception, and in the midst of Brexit, it has even become a vanguard of nationalism's confident return to the mainstream. Brexit, in the course of generating a historically unique standard of sociopolitical uncertainty and constitutional intrigue, tore apart the two-party compact that had defined the parameters of political contestation for much of twentieth-century Britain. This book offers a wide-ranging picture of the different theoretical accounts relevant to addressing nationalism. It briefly repudiates the increasingly common attempts to read contemporary politics through the lens of populism. The book explores the assertion of 'muscular liberalism' and civic nationalism. It examines more traditional, conservative appeals to racialised notions of blood, territory, purity and tradition as a means of reclaiming the nation. The book also examines how neoliberalism, through its recourse to discourses of meritocracy, entrepreneurial self and individual will, alongside its exaltation of a 'points-system' approach to the ills of immigration, engineers its own unique rendition of the nationalist crisis. There are a number of important themes through which the process of liberal nationalism can be documented - what Arun Kundnani captured, simply and concisely, as the entrenchment of 'values racism'. These include the 'faux-feminist' demonisation of Muslims.

Anarchism, social ecology and art
Andrew Patrizio

anarchist art historian, poet and political polemicist Herbert Read (1893–1968). Bookchin follows Kropotkin, as a major figure in 1960s–1990s libertarian socialist political theory, interested in nonhierarchical human formations as an expression of symbiotic organisation in the botanic and animal worlds more generally. He is rarely discussed in the realm of art and never in relation to art history, though in his classic and comprehensive work, The Ecology of Freedom (1982), and in his articulation of mutual aid and confederalism there are plenty of insights on utopian

in The ecological eye
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Postcolonialism and ecology in the work of Tim Robinson
Eóin Flannery

14 Essayist of place: postcolonialism and ecology in the work of   Tim Robinson Eóin Flannery In his 1993 study of cartography and folklore, Mapping the Invisible Landscape, Kent C.  Ryden underscores the necessary interdisciplinarity of what he terms ‘the essayist of place’.1 Impelled by a desire to do justice to the complexity, or ‘thickness’, of place histories, of place – visual and textual – for Ryden, ‘the essayist of place is at once a cartographer, a landscape painter, a photographer, an archivist, and a folklorist, as well as a storyteller … [and] a

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
Meg Holden

. Post- humanism paints our over-reliance on anthropocentric justifications and on human social, political and economic institutions as primarily responsible for environmental losses. That is, we are in crisis because our dreams are ignorant of humanity’s dependence on non-human nature. To make a difference, we need to displace these dreams with alternative holistic ecosystems-based thinking. In opposition to this stance is the stance, predominant in political ecology, that the most effective way to engage environmental politics is to make environmental concerns fit

in The power of pragmatism
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Defining the ecoGothic
Andrew Smith and William Hughes

accounts of the Romantic Gothic is strange given the critical synergies that exist between accounts of Romanticism and the Gothic that go back to Mario Praz’s The Romantic Agony (1933). This is not to suggest that the Gothic exists only as an offshoot of Romanticism, but to acknowledge that shared critical languages exist between the two. To that degree Jonathan Bate’s seminal Romantic Ecology

in Ecogothic
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William Welstead

fix you with their gaze, and I have given prominence in this book to contemporary poets who meet that gaze. An animal studies perspective allows for the agency of the individual sheep in this exchange across what Haraway has termed the natureculture of cross-species discourse. Focusing on another species makes for a shift in the ecology from community or landscape-scale ecology to one based on population ecology. When ecologists consider just one species, treating all other environmental factors as background, they can develop population models

in Writing on sheep
Andrew Patrizio

-Western] regions of the planet, humans and nonhumans are not conceived as developing in incommunicable worlds or according to quite separate principles. The environment is not regarded objectively as an autonomous sphere. Plants and animals, rivers and rocks, meteors and seasons do not exist all together in an ontological niche defined by the absence of human beings.’ 1 There are clear political links here too to nonhierarchical ontologies that can migrate from anarchist and social ecology theory, which is more or less engaged with in new materialism, for example. But

in The ecological eye