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Emotion, affect and the meaning of activism
Hilary Pilkington

7 ‘One big family’: emotion, affect and the meaning of activism Following discussion of the ideological dimensions of EDL activism (Chapters 4 and 5) and of the particular ‘injustice frame’ (Jasper, 1998: 398) of ‘second-class citizens’ underpinning the rationalised meanings attached to EDL activism (Chapter 6), attention turns here to the emotional and affective dimensions of activism. The recent rehabilitation of ‘the emotional’ in the field of social movement studies has led to a recognition that emotionality does not equate to irrationality (1998: 398) and

in Loud and proud
Myth, memory and emotional adaption
Author: Barry Hazley

What role does memory play in migrants’ adaption to the emotional challenges of migration? How are migrant selfhoods remade in relation to changing cultural myths? This book, the first to apply Popular Memory Theory to the Irish diaspora, opens new lines of critical enquiry within scholarship on the Irish in modern Britain. Combining innovative use of migrant life histories with cultural representations of the post-war Irish experience, it interrogates the interaction between lived experience, personal memory and cultural myth to further understanding of the work of memory in the production of migrant subjectivities. Based on richly contextualised case studies addressing experiences of emigration, urban life, work, religion and the Troubles in England, chapters illuminate the complex and contingent relationship between politics, culture and migrant identities, developing a dynamic view of the lived experience of British–Irish relations after 1945. Where memory is often regarded as a mechanism of antagonism within this relationship, Life History shows how migrants’ ‘recompose’ memories of migration as part of ongoing efforts to adapt to the transition between cultures and places. As well as shedding new light on the collective fantasies of post-war migrants and the circumstances which formed them, Life History thus illustrates the cultural and personal dynamics of subjective change over time: migrants located themselves as the subjects of a diverse and historically evolving repertoire of narratives, signalling adaption, difference and integration as co-articulating features of the Irish experience in post-1945 England.

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Emotions and research
Hannah Jones, Yasmin Gunaratnam, Gargi Bhattacharyya, William Davies, Sukhwant Dhaliwal, Emma Jackson, and Roiyah Saltus

Living Research Two: Emotions and research Operation Vaken's posters, newspaper adverts, immigration surgeries and mobile billboards were a dramatic display, designed to reassure some citizens that the government was ‘getting tough’ on irregular immigration. However, the campaign also increased worries and anxiety. The survey carried out for us by Ipsos MORI of a nationally representative sample of 2,424 people (for

in Go home?
Reflections on John Harris’s account of organ procurement
Alastair V. Campbell

irrational demand that relatives should have a say in what happens to human tissue after death, since this is merely a problem of emotion: The solution to the problem of sensibilities is of course to determine that cadavers, like the foreshore, belong to the state and that therefore neither relatives nor the former ‘owners’ of the cadavers would have any binding interest in their fate. People would, I believe, soon get used to the idea … and the automatic public ownership of dead bodies and their bodily products would remove the need to interpose intrusive requests between

in From reason to practice in bioethics
Tom Inglis

reflective human beings? We can also ask this question of social groups and societies. What social structures and long-term processes changed the relationships between organisations and institutions that changed their policies and practices? Making links between the micro-world of personalities and emotions and the macro-world of social structures, institutions and discourses, and the combination of these into long-term processes of change, has been central to the human sciences. One of the key contributions of Norbert Elias was to make links between the rise of nation

in Are the Irish different?
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Bridget Byrne and Carla De Tona

process. Parents’ views of the schools they consider, and their sense of what is right for their child, both in the here-and-now of attending school and in their future1 lives as adults, are both considered and emotional. As Sara Ahmed (2004a: 195–6) has pointed out, emotions and reason should not be seen as inherently opposed: ‘emotional responses to others also work as forms of judgement’. Parents have a range of different emotional responses to choosing schools for their children. These include fears for the future; fears of others; anxiety about the choices and what

in All in the mix
A. James Hammerton

return trip to England in 2006 prompted a different set of conflicting emotions about the country she had left: Yes just, just seeing it, you know, just seeing the lovely country, it’s one of those things, you’re sort of bittersweet, you’re very nostalgic for something 105 106  Migration from austerity to prosperity and when you see it you can’t bear it, it’s too emotional, too bittersweet, and you don’t want to be there but you do, and you miss it and, you miss it and hate it all in the same thing and it’s, oh, I found it quite emotional, yes, yes. There is an

in Migrants of the British diaspora since the 1960S
Mateja Celestina

somewhere else, have not been erased with displacement. They persist through memories. Memories are ‘produced out of experience and, in turn, reshape it’ (Lambek and Antze 1996: xii); they can give certain experiences greater emphasis and value than they had in real time. 149 The remains of the place and times left behind 149 Memories elicit emotions. In the context of displacement, the sentiments arising from memories run largely along two quite different strands. On the one hand the loss, the instability and uncertainty have led to emotional escapes to a familiar

in Living displacement
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Innovative ways to research the everyday

Mundane methods is an innovative and original collection which will make a distinctive methodological and empirical contribution to research on the everyday. Bringing together a range of interdisciplinary approaches, it provides a practical, hands-on approach for scholars interested in studying the mundane and exploring its potential. Divided into three key themes, this volume explores methods for studying materials and memories, senses and emotions, ,and mobilities and motion, with encounters, relationships, practices, spaces, temporalities and imaginaries cross-cutting throughout. In doing so, it draws on the work of a range of established and up-and-coming scholars researching the everyday, including human geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, urban planners, cartographers and fashion historians. Mundane methods offers a range of truly unique methods – from loitering, to smell mapping, to Memory Work – which promise to embrace and retain the vitality of research into everyday life. With empirical examples, practical tips and exercises, this book will be accessible to a range of audiences interested in making sense of the everyday.

Editor: Tom Inglis

The Irish mind has enabled the Irish to balance and accommodate imagination and intellect, emotion and reason, poetry and science. The notion of cultural difference is not just an Irish story, but a story of nations and ethnic groups all over the world. The story of modernity revolves around people coming to see and understand themselves as belonging to nations. Although there were other European nations that made Catholicism a keystone of national difference, there were many factors that made the Irish project different. The idea of creating a society that had a collective vision and commitment without being socialist became an ideal of the Catholic Church during the latter half of the twentieth century. The Church did, nevertheless, have a profound influence on Irish society and culture. The extent to which the Catholic Church shaped and influenced Irish politics has been the subject of much research and debate. The power of the Catholic Church in politics stemmed from the power it developed in the modernisation of Irish society and, in particular, the controlling of sexuality, marriage and fertility. During the first half of the twentieth century, the Irish developed a particular aversion to marriage. For many nations and ethnic groups, what binds people together is that they speak the same language. It may well be that for generations many Irish people identified the Irish language, music and sport as an inhibitor in embracing a less insular and more urbane, cosmopolitan disposition.