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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
Internal displacement, the urban periphery and belonging to the city
Helen Berents

. The second section contests the exclusion of communities of internally displaced and otherwise socially, economically and politically marginalised people on the urban periphery by forwarding a notion of belonging based in presence and residence (Varsanyi 2006) which asserts a notion of citizenship predicated on Hannah Arendt’s claim that citizenship is active, a ‘right to claim rights’ ([1951] 1973, 296; see also Chapter 6). Within this discussion I draw on work conducted by me in a semi-urban community on Bogotá’s outskirts on everyday life and belonging in these

in The politics of identity
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The future of Chinese marginality
Wing-Chung Ho

of an illness; (iii) at the social level: the cohesion of sick workers, the existence of natural leadership; (iv) at the political level: the perceived threat of suppression by the state; (v) at the societal level: NGO support, media attention. My fieldwork observations further reflect the preferred modes of struggle among the three sick worker groups, which are obtaining an official “sick role” status, rightful resistance, and compromising citizenry. Strategized in everyday life, these resistances represent various struggles on the part of sick workers for

in Occupational health and social estrangement in China
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Antonio Turok’s photographs of the Zapatistas
Antigoni Memou

people to the centre of this collection, Turok breaks with a long tradition of visual marginalisation of these communities, which had been concomitant with their political repression. This chapter examines the way the book informs us about the everyday life of the ethnic communities in Mexico and, most importantly, considers the ways in which the book enhances our understanding of the Zapatista struggle. This chapter compares the photobook with stereotypical photographic representations of Mexican twentieth-century photography and seeks to evaluate the contribution of

in Photography and social movements
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McGahern’s personal and detached reflections
Tom Inglis

rural to urban society and the decline in the importance of the Catholic Church in everyday life. McGahern reveals what it was like to make love and have sex in Ireland during the shift from a Catholic culture of selfdenial to a modern, urban, cosmopolitan culture of self-fulfilment and self-indulgence. love and sex  111 It is possible to think of McGahern as one of the major chroniclers of cultural change in twentieth-century Ireland. However, while he accepted this description of himself, he emphasised that he was not trying to give an objective, detached

in John McGahern
Bryan Fanning

should focus on ordinary life in Ireland tied in closely with his critique of forms of nationalism that claimed legitimacy from the Irish people in the abstract. Matthews is at her strongest when documenting The Bell’s project of representing Irish culture and Irish identity through a focus on everyday life and homespun artefacts. Alongside articles on life in slums, and the experiences of unemployed people and of emigrants, O’Faoláin was also keen to represent the richness of Irish material culture. This culture was primarily a rural one. A number of articles focused

in Irish adventures in nation-building
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Sarah Butler

A creative reflection on Manchester’s Oxford Road Corridor, weaving the author’s personal relationship with the road into the space’s fabric and everyday life.

in Manchester
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Reading Elizabeth Smart
Heather Walton

to the end of her life. In adolescence she enjoyed the indulgence of a private space in which to express hopes, fears and yearnings. In her early twenties the journals became a site of more experimental writing; they contain reflections upon her reading and the minute details of her everyday life. Despite the scope they offered her to ‘try out’ different styles and voices she regards her journalling as second-order writing. The journals provided opportunity to practise writing in the same way as she routinely practised the piano. They did not fulfil her literary

in Literature, theology and feminism
Out of place with The Smiths
Nabeel Zuberi

, cinematic and literary leads to pursue. The Smiths deployed a broad repertoire of references including Andy Warhol’s Factory, French films, British social realist cinema and television of the 1960s. The ‘cover stars’ of their record sleeves were badges of sentiment, clusters of affective affiliations. This mediarich patchwork of local, national and international influences nevertheless articulated experiences that rang true in their descriptions of life in northern English towns. The Smiths’ discography continues to demonstrate how everyday life here is cut through with

in Why pamper life's complexities?
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The compromising citizenry
Wing-Chung Ho

their illness has led them to economic and social estrangements because the symptoms of CWP are similar to those of pneumoconiosis and their estrangement has been mentioned elsewhere. What I want to focus on, however, is the way they strategize their action for pursuing compensation, which is supposedly determined by their attitudes and structure of preference in everyday life. In order to achieve this, I need to analyze several casual conversations between the sick coal miners, Pingkwan, and my fieldwork assistants Mengguo and Zhouchang. Whereas Mengguo – as

in Occupational health and social estrangement in China