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Doing ethnography and thinking comparatively
Jonathan Hearn

contradict that, and dwell for a moment on the presence of comparative thinking in the words of my informants. As we have seen, comparison of banks (BoS, Capital, Halifax) and of nationalities (Scots and English) was a key and almost unavoidable means of indigenous sense-making in the context of merger. I have tried to convey that this was sometimes done sharply, sometimes ambivalently and often somewhere in between. However, I have tended to focus on that portion of the discourse that was emphasising differences, because I think this was being conditioned by, and serving

in Salvage ethnography in the financial sector
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The ‘outside’ in poetry in the 1980s and 1990s
Linden Peach

of resisting received notions of nationality, as well as unified concepts of gender, have become increasingly recognised in poetry criticism. But one of the problems is that the geographical groupings that have been used to indicate the heterogeneity of race and region in women’s writing have tended to enforce a homogeneity of particular races and regions. In the recent study of poetry in the Atlantic archipelago from non-metropolitan perspectives which I cited at the beginning of this essay, Christopher Harvie warns that ‘one cannot see the periphery whole, or

in Across the margins
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Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic
Laura Chrisman

of these at once; a black Atlantic culture whose themes and techniques transcend ethnicity and nationality to produce something new and, until now, unremarked. Political energy animates Gilroy’s academic challenge. He sets out to expose the dangers as he sees it of contemporary nationalism: whether academic or popular, implicit or explicit, black or white in focus, Gilroy sees it as socially and politically undesirable. Gilroy’s concept of a black Atlantic is then offered as a political and cultural corrective, which argues the cross-national, cross-ethnic basis

in Postcolonial contraventions
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Ireland and its relationship with migration
Allen White and Mary Gilmartin

mask the extent to which people both move to and leave Ireland each year. For example, during the period from 1986–91, the last sustained period of net emigration, close to 135,000 people migrated to Ireland. In the period from 2002–06, when the percentage of people living in Ireland with a nationality other than Irish rose from 7.1 per cent to 11.2 per cent (from around 270,000 to 460,000), over 120,000 people migrated from Ireland. However, despite the constant flows and counterflows, academic studies tend to focus on just one direction of movement, reflecting

in Migrations
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Queer zen
Alpesh Kantilal Patel

as invoke a body that is not culturally marked. Abstraction, as Getsy writes, can ‘resist bodies’ readability and the assumptions made about gender from visual clues’.18 I would expand the latter to refer to other kinds of clues, or identifications, such as race, ethnicity and nationality. In addition to queer form, Asian American studies and literature scholar Kandice Chuh’s suggestion that we approach ‘Asian American’ in Asian American studies as a category of discursive knowledge that may or may not necessarily involve artists of Asian descent is particularly

in Productive failure
Arthur Aughey

sense of nationality or even a certain idea of England. The truth has been quite the opposite. It is the ‘self-conceptualisation’ of England, Julia Stapleton believed, ‘that constitutes the most striking general feature of political thought from the British perspective between the mid-nineteenth and the mid-twentieth century’ (1998: 860). This self-conceptualisation has certainly undergone changes but it remains a conversational part of public life. Here is a long and diverse tradition of reflection on matters of national identity and, in a convincing re

in The politics of Englishness
Michael Carter-Sinclair

Czech-German relations: the Badeni Crisis Alongside their Christian character, Christian Socials displayed their credentials as a German movement, frequently proclaiming their ‘duty’ to protect the Volk . 1 They stated that this did not pit them against other nations – Jews excepted – and they sometimes extended their mission to cover the protection of ‘the Christian people’ of the Empire. These Christian and German aspects were not incompatible, but the nationalities clashes of the Empire did not bypass the largely Vienna-based Christian Socials of the

in Vienna’s ‘respectable’ antisemites
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Elleke Boehmer

the national family drama and establish alternative patterns of political affiliation. The final five chapters connect through the medium of their concern with the re-imagining of community, nationality, subjectivity, sexuality or the native body, especially as a response to the agon of disillusionment of the neocolonised nation – or the postcolony in Achille Mbembe’s now widely accepted phrase, discussed in chapter 7. Whereas the focus at the centre-point of the book was on postcolonial women as the ‘spoken-for’ of national traditions, chapters 7 and 8 act on the idea

in Stories of women
Theorising the en-gendered nation
Elleke Boehmer

paradigms of new nationality and the postcolonial nation founded on the imagery of national sons. To open the discussion with these two novels is in itself an anticipatory and symbolic gesture, in that Africa and India will comprise the two postcolonial ‘constituencies’ predominantly represented by this book. Ranging across the wide terrain of African literature of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, the nationalist hero, often exiled or alienated from home (mother and heart(h)land), is cast as resilient and courageous (the soldier, the leader); idealistic or visionary (the poet

in Stories of women
Alexis Heraclides and Ada Dialla

was consistent in his anti-interventionism cum anti-imperialism, contrary to other British liberals who were ‘more selective’, 82 as in the case of James Mill and John Stuart Mill. 83 Mazzini, nationality and non-intervention/intervention Mazzini, like Cobden, was not a political philosopher, but a politician and activist. He is known today as the ‘Beating Heart of Italy’, the foremost inspirer of Italian unification. But in his

in Humanitarian intervention in the long nineteenth century