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Balancing quality of life expectations with reality
Simona Zollet
Meng Qu

Introduction Japanese peripheral rural communities have been undergoing a dramatic demographic and socio-economic decline, with many facing the concrete threat of disappearing over the next decades. This condition is the outcome of decades of out-migration, lack of local employment opportunities and cuts in essential public services, a situation

in Rural quality of life
Wolfgang Müller-Funk

( 2003 ). By multiplying a story using several narrative variants he thus directs our attention to the narrative construction of ‘reality’. In his third film, Iñárritu has projected this process on to a global space represented by Japan, Mexico and Morocco, as well as an American middle-class apartment and a tourist bus. The multicultural group of actors – Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Said Tarchani, Gael Garcia Bernal, Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi – correspond to the ambition of symbolising the entanglement of people from different local and cultural traditions in a

in Border images, border narratives
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Infrastructure, financial extraction and the global South

No struggle for social justice that lacks a grounded understanding of how wealth is accumulated within society, and by whom, is ever likely to make more than a marginal dent in the status quo. Much work has been done over the years by academics and activists to illuminate the broad processes of wealth extraction. But a constantly watchful eye is essential if new forms of financial extraction are to be blocked, short-circuited, deflected or unsettled. So when the World Bank and other well-known enablers of wealth extraction start to organise to promote greater private-sector involvement in ‘infrastructure’, for example through Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), alarm bells should start to ring. How are roads, bridges, hospitals, ports and railways being eyed up by finance? What bevels and polishes the lens through which they are viewed? How is infrastructure being transformed into an ‘asset class’ that will yield the returns now demanded by investors? Why now? What does the reconfiguration of infrastructure tell us about the vulnerabilities of capital? The challenge is not only to understand the mechanisms through which infrastructure is being reconfigured to extract wealth: equally important is to think through how activists might best respond. What oppositional strategies genuinely unsettle elite power instead of making it stronger?

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Something rich and strange

Manchester: Something rich and strange challenges us to see the quintessential post-industrial city in new ways. Bringing together twenty-three diverse writers and a wide range of photographs of Greater Manchester, it argues that how we see the city can have a powerful effect on its future – an urgent question given how quickly the urban core is being transformed. The book uses sixty different words to speak about the diversity of what we think of as Manchester – whether the chimneys of its old mills, the cobbles mostly hidden under the tarmac, the passages between terraces, or the everyday act of washing clothes in a laundrette. Unashamedly down to earth in its focus, this book makes the case for a renewed imaginative relationship that recognises and champions the fact that we’re all active in the making and unmaking of urban spaces.

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Morag Rose

tales that swirl in those murkier waters demonstrate its persistence. For example, old ladies still talk about Ginnie Greenteeth, the monster they were warned about as children. She lives in dirty, dangerous water and serves as a threat to keep wandering youths tamed. She has family worldwide, including the Australian Bunyip and Japanese Kappa. Several others have shared accounts with me of the elusive Messie, a creature glimpsed fleetingly at various locations. Theories abound about what Messie may be: a giant eel, a stowaway on a cargo ship, a manifestation of dark

in Manchester
Ruut Veenhoven
Nivré Claire Wagner
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Jan Ott

yielded thirty-eight correlational findings which are presented in Table 23.2 . These studies were published between 2004 and 2018. Data was gathered in the following countries: New Zealand, Austria, the United Kingdom, Japan, the Netherlands, Uruguay, Germany, Finland, Hungary, Italy and China. Together, the seventeen studies cover the responses of 126,321 people

in Rural quality of life
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Natalie Bradbury

-operative movement, and there is even an oversized replica of the Pioneers’ shop building in Kobe, Japan. The success of the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers inspired the development of other co-operative societies in villages, towns, suburbs and cities around the UK. Today, few of these independent societies remain – many have merged into larger organisations, or become part of the Co-op brand as we now know it. However, their existence lives on architecturally, in former shopfronts still bearing the names of these local societies. With motifs such as wheatsheafs and

in Manchester
Martín Arboleda

Asia that set the economies of Japan, South Korea, and China, on the path to become the world’s largest importers of raw materials. These processes of late industrialisation, it is worth pointing out, have underpinned a longstanding commodity supercycle in Latin America, starkly evidenced in the expansion of the balance of trade between China and Latin America, which went from

in Turning up the heat
Marta Pasqualini

normally do (Recchi et al., 2020 ). This is what has been previously found after the Great East Japan Earthquake, suggesting that the general perception of well-being in life increased following the disaster. According to Uchida et al. ( 2014 ) this can be explained not only by the fact that normal factors lose their power in influencing well-being after a disaster, but also

in Rural quality of life
Sarah Kunz

breed’ of expatriate, a social role that emerged out of previous forms of imperial migration which were being transformed in response to decolonisation. Early IHRM literature thus proves insightful, offering historical perspectives sorely missing from today's scholarship. Decolonisation, the Cold War and the new breed of expatriate Early IHRM literature was (and to some extent remains) US-centric, primarily concerned with US multinationals, before beginning to turn to European and Israeli MNCs in the 1970s, and Japanese firms in

in Expatriate