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Sue Harris

accepted material of cinematic culture, together with an explicit rejection of its norms and conventions, and demonstrates a commitment to formulating, in form as well as content, alternative processes of filmic narration. Blier’s most significant achievement is to have translated this rejection of the conventions of established modes of cultural expression into an overarching embrace of traditionally devalued low cultural forms

in Bertrand Blier
Queens & Kings and Other Things
Roger Sabin

In 1874, a spectacular comedy book was published, Queens & Kings and Other Things , notable for the quality of its production and the freewheeling recklessness of its content (Duval 1874b ). As a collection of highly illustrated ‘nonsense poems’ in the Edward Lear mould, it was ostensibly for children, but was designed for adults too. Written and drawn by the mysterious S. A. [Royal Highness] the Princess Hesse Schwartzbourg, it concerned the peculiar goings-on in invented royal households, where queens dismantle their heads to stop

in Marie Duval
Tony Dundon, Miguel Martinez Lucio, Emma Hughes, Debra Howcroft, Arjan Keizer, and Roger Walden

content that readers may find interesting on FutureLearn. 1 The book is structured as follows. In the remainder of this introductory chapter, we outline three models of power and then define the ‘work and employment studies’ (WES) approach adopted throughout the book. In Chapter 2 we look at shifts to non-standard forms of work, the power of technology along with the importance of context and history, in order to better understand issues of power and politics at work. In Chapter 3 the power of the state and forms of employment regulation are debated. Chapter 4

in Power, politics and influence at work
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Adventures in reality: why (punk) fanzines matter
Matthew Worley, Keith Gildart, Anna Gough-Yates, Sian Lincoln, Bill Osgerby, Lucy Robinson, John Street, and Pete Webb

politics, zines formed part of the ‘long line of media for the misbegotten’: amateur, noncommercial, counter-hegemonic.29 The content of British punk fanzines has warranted less attention. Beyond Matthew Worley’s survey of their varied political approaches and Matt Grimes and Tim Wall’s comparative study of early and contemporary anarcho zines, the focus has tended to be on the form rather than the substance of fanzine production.30 Even the Punk & Post-Punk journal has to date published just two fanzine-related articles – Brett Lashua and Sara Cohen’s mapping of

in Ripped, torn and cut
Barrie Gunter

of differences between programmes and advertisements. Children are assisted in this context by the physical divide between programmes and advertisements (Zuckerman et al., 1978; Kunkel & Roberts, 1991). If the visible divide between advertisements and surrounding media content is removed, the net result will be to render the advertising less physically distinct. Although there are other clues to the nature of advertising that experienced consumers can identify to help them recognise when they are confronted with a persuasive message, this type of advertising

in Kids and branding in a digital world
A finger in the fishes mouth
Alexandra Parsons

). Figure 2 An early version of Jarman's ‘Assisi’ from ‘untitled sketchbook’, 1964. The poem appears as part of a collage that juxtaposes his poetry in careful calligraphy with found materials and carefully torn monochrome blocks, and dates from his time at the Slade. The line breaks are arranged differently from the 1972 version (the content remains the same); here, the words are arranged so as to fit into the visual scheme. Jarman often situates the

in Luminous presence
Peter Yeandle

teaching of content which would boost pride in empire, there was no immediately discernible shift to syllabi – especially for younger children. Second, it considers the challenge of internationalism which meant, if anything, that by the mid-1920s, the demand to teach imperial values as well as content became even more explicit. Third, however, it examines arguments for the

in Citizenship, Nation, Empire
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Modes of TV spectacle in the Jodie Whittaker era of Doctor Who
Dene October

– as part of the historical suspicion of the media – assumed to pacify viewers. In this chapter, I consider how TV spectacle has been theorized before identifying three discrete modes where, I argue, televisual spectacle enhances audience engagement. These three modes of visual spectacle activate: contemplation of setting; curiosity and criticality of content, and (through recognition of diversity) personalized viewing pleasures. My focus on viewer agency is intended to recognize how TV can be understood as a dispersal

in Doctor Who – New Dawn
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Psychosis and transgression
Will Jackson

fails to address the relationship between delusional content and social context. As the case files of the Europeans at Mathari show, prevailing ideas about Africa as a place of madness and degeneration had effect. Delusional content, it appears, was characterised not by difference from but by resemblance to dominant discursive tropes. Taking the content of delusions seriously forces us to take discourse

in Madness and marginality
Substance, symbols, and hope
Author: Andra Gillespie

The election of Barack Obama was a milestone in US history with tremendous symbolic importance for the black community. But was this symbolism backed up by substance? Did ordinary black people really benefit under the first black president?

This is the question that Andra Gillespie sets out to answer in Race and the Obama Administration. Using a variety of methodological techniques—from content analysis of executive orders to comparisons of key indicators, such as homeownership and employment rates under Clinton, Bush, and Obama— the book charts the progress of black causes and provides valuable perspective on the limitations of presidential power in addressing issues of racial inequality. Gillespie uses public opinion data to investigate the purported disconnect between Obama’s performance and his consistently high ratings among black voters, asking how far the symbolic power of the first black family in the White House was able to compensate for the compromises of political office.

Scholarly but accessible, Race and the Obama Administration will be of interest to students and lecturers in US politics and race studies, as well as to general readers who want to better understand the situation of the black community in the US today and the prospects for its improvement.