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Environmental activism online

The politics of cyberspace is of importance both for the future use of computer-mediated communication (CMC) and within traditional political arenas, commerce and society itself. Within Britain there are many different political groups that have a presence online and utilise CMC, including for example members of the far right, human rights advocates, religious groups and environmental activists. This book examines the relationship between the strategies of environmental activist movements in Britain and their use of CMC. It explores how environmental activists negotiate the tensions and embrace the opportunities of CMC, and analyses the consequences of their actions for the forms and processes of environmental politics. It serves as a disjuncture from some broader critiques of the implications of CMC for society as a whole, concentrating on unpacking what CMC means for activists engaged in social change. Within this broad aim there are three specific objectives. It first evaluates how CMC provides opportunities for political expression and mobilization. Second, the book examines whether CMC use has different implications for established environmental lobbying organisations than it does for the non-hierarchical fluid networks of direct action groups. Third, it elucidates the influence of CMC on campaign strategies and consequently on business, government and regulatory responses to environmental activism.

The restructuring of work in Britain
Louise Amoore

3 Producing hyperflexibility: the restructuring of work in Britain Change is opening up new horizons; but there is fear of what may lie within them. Technology and global financial markets are transforming our economies, our workplaces, our industrial structure. Economic change is uprooting communities and families from established patterns of life. The way we live, as well as the way we work, our culture, our shared morality, everything, is under pressure from the intensity and pace of change … It can be exhilarating. But it is certainly unsettling

in Globalisation contested
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Jonathan Silver

was a partner in the cotton merchant firm, James Dilworth & Son, and the pivotal figure in establishing the museum’s collection.2 The history of such connections and 59 Manchester: Something rich and strange interest in Egypt can be traced back to moves by the Lancashire cotton industry to shift its supply from the American South to Egypt during the US Civil War. This led to the formation, in 1902, of the Manchester-based British Cotton Growing Association.3 It led to Egypt becoming intricately connected through trade to the city, spurring trips to explore the

in Manchester
Sarah Kunz

“expatriate” are regularly employed in conjunction with each other in accounts of late colonial life’, especially in reference to ‘British gentlemen who, after prolonged exposure to the tropical climates of South or South East Asia, suffer from world-weariness, alienation and alcoholism’. Scholarship, too, deploys expatriate to denote colonial and postcolonial white migrants, as evidenced by Smiley's ( 2013:2015 ) work on the segregation of Dar es Salaam ‘into European/Expatriate, Asian, and African areas’. Others use expatriate specifically for (semi-)temporary white

in Expatriate
Phil Hubbard

shot down. Immortalised in Michael Anderson's 1955 film The Dam Busters , the attacks have become iconic of British wartime ingenuity and courage. These are celebrated locally through an exhibit in the Herne Bay town museum, while the Bouncing Barrel micropub, opened in 2013, is adorned with images of the RAF raid. In 2018 a statue of Barnes Wallis was unveiled on Herne Bay's seafront, immediately attracting criticism from the right-wing tabloids for referring to the raids as ‘infamous’ rather than ‘famous’. Responding, the person responsible for the inscription

in Borderland
Seen and unseen migrants
Stephen F. Wolfe

deliberately fixing the narratives in a specific place and within an aesthetic of writing that ‘invests in the artistic processes of imagining, creating, and representing with the spatial idea of a threshold in its material and figurative manifestations’ (Mukherji, 2013 : xviii). The first section examines the border-crossing narrative as a cultural expression for a community of ‘black writers and artists’ centred in Britain, during the 1950s to the 1980s, by focusing on their border-crossings via passages aboard ship, or at entry points, as well as in private settings in

in Border images, border narratives
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Brian Rosa

Manchester: Something rich and strange Arches – Brian Rosa Railway arches are nothing specific to Manchester: they define the fringes of city centres throughout Britain and are such a commonplace element of the built environment that they often elude notice. However, there is a good argument to be made that Manchester, more than any other city, has been shaped definitively by the railway. With brick railway viaducts some of the largest and most dominating built structures of the city centre, the arched spaces beneath them have been inhabited since the railways

in Manchester
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Peter Kalu

on the road. 36  (Opposite) Gleam & Go hand car wash, Longsight 137 Manchester: Something rich and strange Notes 1 Andrew Ure, The Cotton Manufacture of Great Britain (London: Charles Knight, 1836), p. 1. 2 Illustrated London News, 6 December 1856, p. 571. 3 G. L. Hearn, ‘Planning application for former Jackson Brickworks site’. Planning Application 098689/OO/2012/N1. Manchester: Manchester City Council. 4 Britain’s Forgotten Serial Killer: Trevor Hardy (video: Josh Whitehead, 2018). Available at (accessed 17 June 2020). 5 Hearn

in Manchester
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Natalie Bradbury

park’s greenery, complementing the Whitworth’s light-filled extension. In Bending, by New Delhi-based Raqs Media Collective, a statue steps down and bows to its plinth. Unfortunately, several of Manchester’s best sculptures, including work by some of Britain’s most important twentieth-century artists, have been hidden, lost, neglected or forgotten. Elisabeth Frink’s Flying Man at Manchester Airport celebrates Alcock and Brown’s unprecedented non-stop flight across the Atlantic in 78 Monuments 1919, combining a spindly human form with the sleekness of a flying

in Manchester
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Matthew Steele

Relics Baths – Matthew Steele Ever since the Romans established the spa town of Aquae Sulis (later, the city of Bath) in ad 60, there has been a preoccupation with public bathing in Britain. In the early period of public bathing in the eighteenth century, the emphasis was on the reputed restorative powers of natural springs, and was a leisure activity mostly pursued by the gentry and aristocracy. However, the passing of the 1846 Public Baths and Wash-houses Act, which allowed local authorities to raise funds for the construction of municipally run facilities

in Manchester