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Stavros Stavrides

. Foucault, as we know, has been rather skeptical about the process (or the project) of emancipation. Especially in his late work, he chooses to emphasize “practices of freedom” rather than liberation. And this has direct connection to the distinction between power and domination which is fundamental throughout his work. For him, in a state of domination, “power relations, instead of being mobile, allowing the various participants to adopt strategies modifying them, remain blocked, frozen.” In such a state “any reversibility of movement” is blocked by economic, political

in Common spaces of urban emancipation
Exploring the session space
Daithí Kearney

music, song and dance truly went global. Since 1999, I have performed throughout Ireland and internationally. Many of these trips were not only motivated by a desire to perform Irish traditional music, song and dance but were financially supported by people and groups seeking to promote Ireland to an international market. A 2009 performance at the White House for President Barack Obama as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations highlighted the importance attached to Irish heritage and the arts at an event dominated by political and business interests. Other

in Spacing Ireland
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Qaisra Shahraz

Here, immigration is discussed and the negative connotations of the word are drawn into question by dismissing its use as a political weapon to win votes or cause dissent. The chapter examines attitudes to media coverage of immigrants and refugees, and questions what it means to be English.

in Manchester
Pragmatism between rationalism and sentimentality 
Robert W. Lake

Insecurity generates the quest for certainty. (John Dewey, 1929 [1988] , 203) Anyone claiming to tell me the absolute truth is demanding from me unquestioning submission. (Gianni Vattimo, 2014 , 77) Indignation is not yet politics. (Graham Harman, 2014 , 31) Introduction Anyone engaged in the pursuit of knowledge confronts daunting challenges posed by incommensurable definitions of truth, the destabilising threat of uncertainty, the lure of dogmatism and authoritarianism, and the seductive power of sentimentality

in The power of pragmatism
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Border images and narratives: paradoxes, spheres, aesthetics
Johan Schimanski and Jopi Nyman

this book goes back to work in a previous research project, Border Aesthetics ( 2010 ), and more specifically one chapter in the book that resulted from that project: the chapter addressing the key word ‘in/visibility’, by two of our present contributors, Chiara Brambilla and Holger Pötzsch (2017) . The theme of in/visibility suggests that a central problem of politics and aesthetics in contemporary borderscapes is a contradiction, an ambiguity or a paradox concerning the role of aesthetics in the political sphere. To have agency in democracies is a question of

in Border images, border narratives
Meg Holden

. Post- humanism paints our over-reliance on anthropocentric justifications and on human social, political and economic institutions as primarily responsible for environmental losses. That is, we are in crisis because our dreams are ignorant of humanity’s dependence on non-human nature. To make a difference, we need to displace these dreams with alternative holistic ecosystems-based thinking. In opposition to this stance is the stance, predominant in political ecology, that the most effective way to engage environmental politics is to make environmental concerns fit

in The power of pragmatism
Alex Schafran, Matthew Noah Smith, and Stephen Hall

any number of other reliance systems, and vice versa. Reliance systems also always exist somewhere, even if that place is virtual. An effective analytical framework for reliance systems must be able to understand how, in the words of the late geographer Edward Soja, ‘it all comes together’ in space and place, or more precisely, in human settlements. 1 In virtually every society on earth, there are ideologies that primarily adhere to reliance systems when they come together in space and place. These ideologies can be as deeply ingrained in political

in The spatial contract
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Louise Amoore

the globalisation process, removing the messiness of politics and leaving only the ‘right and necessary’ policy measures. As the millennium turned, the picture began to change so that we now begin to see partial glimpses of the push and shove of a social and political contestation that was, in truth, always present. Now we see the news media popularising debates about the power of multinational corporations (MNCs), the plight of the global economy’s ‘new slaves’ and the ‘anti-globalisation’ protests (Klein, 2000; Bales, 1999; British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC

in Globalisation contested
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Clare Archibald

Cloister is a personal meditation on a building that houses a community within a community. Taking a family connection to a convent as a starting point, it looks at the history behind the red brick. In thinking about the real and imagined lives of the order it explores the impact of the nuns on their local community, and the social and political changes affecting the nuns themselves. It wonders about the future of both the order and the building in a changing world. Primarily, it is a rumination on the different ways women move through the world, hidden and otherwise.

in Manchester
Louise Amoore

amorphous, ‘vague in referent’ and ‘ambiguous in usage’ (Jones, Amoore_Global_02_Ch1 14 6/19/02, 12:06 PM Globalisation, restructuring and flexibility 15 1995: 1). Indeed, some have concluded that the term should be abandoned to prevent its reification in political, academic and corporate debates. However, it is precisely the amorphous and empty nature of the concept that gives it the capacity to exercise power. It can be filled with multiple meanings and used to legitimate a range of restructuring programmes, from labour market flexibility and mobility, to

in Globalisation contested