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All or Nothing
Tony Whitehead

philosopher, genuinely able, in his lugubrious way, to rationalise things and articulate a perspective no doubt informed by his observations of and occasional conversations with the colourful mixture of people he meets in his cab. However, his ability to apply his philosophising to everyday life is shaky at best. Early on he muses to Ron (Paul Jesson), a neighbour and fellow driver who has just had an accident: ‘You might have driven round the next corner and killed a little kid. It’s whatsit, isn’t it? Fickle finger of fate’. But his later attempt to apply this barroom

in Mike Leigh
Fires Were Started and The Silent Village
Keith Beattie

personal expe­ rience was informed by the words of Milton, Shakespeare, Blake and other prominent poets and writers, the literary extracts were ‘natural’ components of everyday life. Brian Winston argues that the reading of a literary text permits Jennings to convey the heightened situation of the calm before an air raid. ‘Using the most cerebral of the [cast] (and a Scotsman) to read Raleigh solves the problem at least as well as having the men express their fears, or indeed anything deep, in their own words. That would, perhaps, have been even more unlikely than

in Humphrey Jennings
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Imperial man travels the Empire
Catherine Hall

colonial issues were raised but empire was part of the everyday life of the English, part of their imaginative landscape, part of their sense of themselves, part of their mapping of the globe. To be English was to be white, Anglo-Saxon, and a master-race, masters indeed of a quarter of the world’s population. Englishmen could dream of ruling ‘natives’ in India, making fortunes in

in Gender and imperialism
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Richard Sennett

12  Richard Sennett The sense of touch For musicians, the sense of touch defines our physical experience of art: lips applied to reed, fingers pushing down keys or strings. It might seem that the more easily we touch, the better we play, but facility is only half the story. A pianist or violinist has constantly to explore resistance, either in the instrument or in the playing body. This effort, I want to suggest, says something also about ‘being in touch’ in everyday life. Vibrato Like every cellist, I learned about touch through mastering movements like

in Western capitalism in transition
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Service, gender and the early modern state
Maria Ågren

book has instead been microhistorical: charting social tensions and how they were dealt with in everyday life, the book unpicks the detailed mechanisms of state formation. Once uncovered, these mechanisms do, however, speak to a broad range of scholarly issues, including macrosociological concerns. To build something new, one needs something with which to begin. Throughout this period, ideas about what service to others meant coloured early modern states, their administrations and the conditions of the people who embodied them. Like other servants, state servants

in The state as master
Antigoni Memou

predominance of masked citizens, the outstanding absence of armed Zapatistas, the plethora of open meetings and peaceful assemblies and the prominent role of women in the movement. A democratic image from the jungle The most predominant feature of the images available online is the omnipresence of masked Zapatistas. The indigenous people appear wearing masks in most photographs, in particular the posed ones (figure 16). Although the Zapatistas may not wear their balaclavas in their everyday life, they consider them necessary in the presence of the camera. A rare exception

in Photography and social movements
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Duncan Watts

later into a judicial question’. He was certainly correct, although he could not have anticipated the extent to which the Supreme Court (the highest judicial body) in particular would become involved in controversial decisions. Much of the work of the Court is related to social and political matters that have a direct impact on everyday life – for instance, whether an abortion should be performed, convicted murderers executed or minimum working standards be imposed. In America, the Supreme Court is clearly a political as well as a judicial institution. In applying the

in Understanding US/UK government and politics
Love and Summer
Heidi Hansson

13 Character, community and critical nostalgia: Love and Summer Heidi Hansson William Trevor’s novel Love and Summer (2009) is a lyrical, evocative story of the emotional turbulence that lies underneath the surface of everyday life in a small Irish town in the 1950s. Initially, the reader is told that ‘Nothing happened in Rathmoye, its people said’, only to be informed immediately afterwards that the fact that ‘nothing happened was an exaggeration too’ (3).1 The tension between the inner turmoil of the characters and a paralysed environment where nothing seems

in William Trevor
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Methods for exploring mundane jographies
Simon Cook

interview as bounded; it often acted as the catalyst for ideas that ruminated for a few weeks or even months. Perhaps to be expected when discussing the mundane and other aspects of everyday life that we do not generally spend much time considering, these research interviews regularly catalysed a longer-term reanalysis of participants’ own practices. This led to follow-up communications from participants offering new ideas or clarifications. Once the interviews were transcribed, I sent the transcriptions to the participants. This not only ensured they had a record of

in Mundane Methods
Zoë Hudson

and spiritual lives. The three surviving volumes of Stonley’s personal diary record the everyday experiences of his family and household, including numerous references to births, deaths and marriages which took place within his extended social circle. What is particularly intriguing about Stonley’s diary entries is their combination of social, material and financial details, for both everyday life and unusual events. Through analysis of the life-cycle events recorded in the diaries, this

in Religion and life cycles in early modern England