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Jonathan Silver

Monuments Museum – Jonathan Silver Imagine news emerged that 18,000 undiscovered historical artefacts relating to Manchester had been illegally taken out of the country by a museum in North Africa. We can only think what the response in the city would be in such circumstances. Political leaders would demand the return of the stolen goods, public protests would break out, and commentators would call such an act barbaric, immoral and a cultural crime. If such a scenario seems unlikely, then this is precisely what happened in Egypt at the end of the nineteenth and

in Manchester
Stavros Stavrides

in Mexico City (Velázquez 2014: 103). La Polvorilla already has about 3,000 people involved in its development. “In 1995, Cooperativa Acapatzingo, encompassing 596 families of informally employed people purchased in instalments an abandoned mine used as a rubble depot to build their homes on the premises” (UN Habitat 2004). The value of land was very low and the area was situated at the periphery of the city amid an amorphous urban sprawl characterized by lack of urban installations and very poor housing conditions. Being a politically oriented initiative based on

in Common spaces of urban emancipation
Stavros Stavrides

(as in politics) it is not that a different kind of work will replace the burden of exploitative labor but a lack of work, a suspension of work, an inactivity which actually de-activates the conditions of exploitation and control. On a certain level a de-activation of prevalent conditions of capitalist ethos and corresponding governance conditions took place during the “Sitting is a Verb” project. The construction of the chairs was not really a burden but a choice and the emblematic conditions of play characterized the forms of collaboration which were unfolding

in Common spaces of urban emancipation
Jenny Pickerill

3 Inclusivity and changing organisational forms [T]he constraints to cyberactivism are largely those that hobble other political involvement: commitment, time, money, expertise . . . those who may benefit the most from counterhegemonic uses of the Net may have the least access to it. (Warf and Grimes 1997: 270) In addition to the paradox surrounding their use of computers, environmentalists face problems in gaining access to CMC. Access is obviously a prerequisite for the use of the technology, but the ways in which activists organise their access can reflect

in Cyberprotest
The restructuring of work in Germany
Louise Amoore

state-societies (Giddens, 1998). Gerhard Schröder’s apparent embracing of the individualism and ‘workfare’ (Jessop, 1994) strategy of Blair’s ‘Third Way’ in his ‘Neue Mitte’ concept may be read as indicative of an acceptance of the necessary restructuring imperatives of a global economy. Yet, when we explore the debate taking place within and outside German state-society it becomes clear that the representation of Germany as a rigid and inflexible political economy in need of radical restructuring is by no means uncontested. An effective counter to neo-liberal claims

in Globalisation contested
Nikolas Rose

), is another politics of life possible? These are the questions that my research group is addressing in our programme of research on ‘The Urban Brain’. 2 This research programme was initiated in 2013 with a grant from the Transformative Research Scheme of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which enabled us to hold four international workshops and develop the framework for international collaborations around the theme of mental health, migration and the megacity. The first substantive research project focuses on rural-to-urban migration in Shanghai

in Urban transformations and public health in the emergent city
Joe Gerlach

2 Nodes, ways and relations Joe Gerlach Here, now Maps, mappings, cartographies; (dis)orientations for the everyday, obdurate disciplinary motifs of and for geography, maligned and admired in variable measure. Cartography; a science and set of practices once pertaining to sovereign power alone, yet now increasingly diffuse in its geographic reach and performance. Nonetheless, whether rendered through hegemonic, quotidian or hybrid assemblages, mapping remains resolutely (geo)political at a range of disparate registers; statist to somatic. Elsewhere, I have used

in Time for mapping
Listening in/to Tim Robinson
Gerry Smyth

which themselves resonate in relation to a variety of philosophical and political systems. ‘Listening’ is a relatively small word for a dauntingly complex series of propositions and possibilities.There are numerous ways in which humans may listen, and numerous disciplines and theories for which listening constitutes a key category within a wider discursive system. Among other things, ‘listening’ connotes an ability and a practice that is at once physiological, psychological, philosophical, sociological, technological, musicological and cultural-historical. It is

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
Images of the ‘Jungle’ in Breach by Olumide Popoola and Annie Holmes
Jopi Nyman

, emphasis original). In other words, the collection narrates the borderscape aesthetically, not only thematically or politically, suggesting that the border and borderscape are tropes that are materialised in the genre. Breach 's insistence on problematising the concept of borders is evident in the fact that the stories in the collection have been written by two authors, Popoola and Holmes. While they have not been written jointly, the book is arranged in a way where borders between the individual writers are made invisible: the opening page of each story mentions only

in Border images, border narratives
Jenny Pickerill

defences. The need to mobilise participation for environmental activism reflects a broader issue for society, that of how participation in political life can be encouraged (Walters 2002). In chapter 3 the emphasis by many environmental groups on participatory democracy and the difficulties in practising such ideals through their own organisational forms were explored. This chapter continues that theme, but more closely examines how participation in activism (rather than in just CMC use) is encouraged, and the the value of CMC specifically to this endeavour. While Putnam

in Cyberprotest