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Acceptance, critique and the bigger picture
Anne B. Ryan

life. Savings are at an all-time low and credit card debt at an all-time high, especially among people under thirtyfive.1 Everyday life is often experienced as harried and fraught. Media discussions often portray Irish society as increasingly similar to that in the United States, and often assume that ordinary people have little choice regarding the shape of their lives.2 However, significant numbers of Irish people have chosen not to engage to this extent with a work–earn–spend culture and are resisting the idea that life must be pressured. They are critical of the

in The end of Irish history?
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Stephen Catterall and Keith Gildart

have very little content on, or regard for the importance of, popular music and the central role that it played in working-class culture.22 This book tries to dig deeper into the relationship between popular music and everyday life. Northern soul was just one of a multiplicity of music scenes, genres and trends that were central to working-class experiences, feelings and identities. Listening to music was a coping strategy for d ­ ealing with the rigours and exhaustions of school, work and domestic alienation, as well as being a soundtrack that accompanied memories

in Keeping the faith
Jack Holland

, and popularity. Who, for instance, can forget the iconic big blue skies of Albuquerque, or the twang of a dobro guitar musically setting the scene? In its sense of place and imaginative geography of the US, this was trailblazing television. 5 And, within that deliberately specific (New Mexico) and yet all-American setting, the show wrestles with the philosophical implications of everyday life, albeit on an epic level, driven by Walt’s quest for change – for something more . 6 Breaking Bad , of course, deals with a range of personal circumstances, which, I argue

in Fictional television and American Politics
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Activism and design in Italy
Author: Ilaria Vanni

Precarious objects is a book about activism and design. The context is the changes in work and employment from permanent to precarious arrangements in the twenty-first century in Italy. The book presents design interventions that address precarity as a defuturing force affecting political, social and material conditions. Precarious objects shows how design objects, called here ‘orientation devices’, recode political communication and reorient how things are imagined, produced and circulated. It also shows how design as a practice can reconfigure material conditions and prefigure ways to repair some of the effects of precarity on everyday life. Three microhistories illustrate activist repertoires that bring into play design, and design practices that are grounded in activism. While the vitality, experimental nature and traffic between theory and praxis of social movements in Italy have consistently attracted the interest of activists, students and researchers in diverse fields, there exists little in the area of design research. This is a study of design activism at the intersection of design theory and cultural research for researchers and students interested in design studies, cultural studies, social movements and Italian studies.

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Susanne Becker

especially relating to everyday life, as the traditional separation of the spheres of production and reproduction along gender lines is radically shaken: images of career women and new fathers, alternative modes of family organisation and single parenting, mark the way towards a new – post-feminist? post-patriarchal? – culture. Neo-gothicism reflects the feminine dimensions of the ongoing cultural and

in Gothic Forms of Feminine Fictions
Katrina Navickas

1830s hired or constructed detached buildings for their sole use. These sites of meeting functioned not just for immediate campaigns, but for longer visionary goals. These were spaces to enact an alternative economy, a freer religion, an egalitarian education and for entertainment. Association rooms, working men’s clubs and halls of science reflected a holistic view of how politics should shape communities and their everyday life. They offered a new definition of public space.2 Owenite socialists used halls of science to challenge the dominant NS, 29 June 1839; E

in Protest and the politics of space and place, 1789–1848
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Their lives and social contexts
Iain Lindsey, Tess Kay, Ruth Jeanes, and Davies Banda

delivered, the experiences of those providing it, and the way in which local young people engage with and are affected by the SfD opportunities available to them. These chapters therefore continue the process evident in the previous empirical chapters, in which we progressively examined international, national and community-based manifestations of SfD. This localizing approach is now applied to understanding, in this chapter, the everyday-life contexts of young

in Localizing global sport for development
Stephen Snelders

the modern asylum was portrayed as a key instrument of colonial rulers’ attempts to turn colonial subjects into modern citizens. In the last decade, this image changed again. Historians have developed more nuanced images, and thus they highlight asylums as complex microcosms where the sufferers had agency and everyday life was continuously renegotiated.2 This chapter explores these complex microcosms of the modern leprosy asylums in Suriname. In the decidedly unmodern Batavia asylum of the nineteenth century, Christian missionaries had already been involved in

in Leprosy and colonialism
Dawn Lyon

intended as a complement to his work and one that works with his ethnographic sensibility. In particular, I seek to demonstrate the gain of bringing our sociological attention to the temporal and spatial texture of everyday life in the Sheppey materials, something which can easily slip from view when we focus on broader sociological themes and arguments. In what follows, I discuss Pahl’s approach to doing sociology, something about which he is explicit in his comments on the sociologist’s tools and tasks, and something which is felt between the lines of his work

in Revisiting Divisions of Labour
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History, belief, and the theatre of enactment
Molly Flynn

4 Material witness History, belief, and the theatre of enactment Russia’s twenty-first-century documentary theatre artists draw upon the legacy of their country’s twentieth century in their search for new methods with which to stage collisions between theatre and everyday life. Chapter 2 illustrated how the artists of the Joseph Beuys Theatre and Moscow’s Sakharov Center use documentary theatre to make meaningful interventions in Russia’s culture of commemoration. Chapter 3 showed how the artists at Teatr.doc draw out important connections between the

in Witness onstage