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examine how both Islanders and Europeans over the course of half a century attempted to shift the Torres Strait maritime frontier from a violent and dysfunctional space to a nuanced economic and social space conducive to peaceful interaction and cross-cultural trade. Figure

in Colonial frontiers
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185 9 Conclusion In the first part, I portray civilisational analysis as a two-​sided, multidimensional field of the humanities and social sciences. On one side, contemporary civilisational analysis has a delimited set of major problematics and analytics. On the other side, it formed as a wide-​ranging field of debate and has remained one. Paradigmatically speaking, several questions are problematised in contemporary civilisational analysis. Both the questions and the provisional answers given to them shape the three specific images I discern in the field. What

in Debating civilisations
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mother of wisdom. This paradoxical positioning of knowing and not-knowing and its significance for history is articulated more explicitly by the French historian Philippe Aries, who pioneered research into commemoration and memorials in the 1970s. Aries argues that ‘history deals with the horizon between the known and the unknown. It is memory that lures us to this horizon’ (cited in Hutton, 1993: 168). The psychologist Frederic Bartlett argues in ‘Remembering: A study of experimental and social psychology’ that remembering is not the re-excitation of innumerable fixed

in South African performance and archives of memory
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comprehensive explanatory framework for a set of social phenomena; and on the other, something “making sense of ” such phenomena’. Authors tease out the particularities of the local scene, while simultaneously recording the influence of global forces and structural contradictions. The book is also ecumenical in its recognition of the scope for deliberation and interchange between different disciplines in the social sciences. Contributors come from backgrounds in archaeology, law, sociology, philosophy, equality studies, geography, women’s studies and social policy, and their

in Defining events
The tower house complex and rural settlement

era. Archaeological studies have been made of the temporary building forms constructed by the Gaelic-Irish, including creats/creaghts and booley huts. A creaght was a social and farming unit, defined by Simms as a ‘massed herd of livestock representing the individual holdings of a number of people grouped under a single leader, or ruling family, who were grazing land that did not belong to them, either as temporary tenants paying rent or military service, or as trespassers hoping to establish a more enduring claim to possession’ (Simms

in The Irish tower house
Learning from experiment and experience

conducted for the University of Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE) during the Michaelmas Term of 2013 under the title ‘A day in the life of an ancient Egyptian village’. Six female learners signed up for the course, all of whom were in the retired age category. The aim was to draw on archaeological and textual information from the surviving workmen’s villages at Giza, Lahun, Amarna, and Deir el-Medina to critically assess various work activities and daily life pursuits by tangibly recreating them within a classroom setting. Work activities such as

in Mummies, magic and medicine in ancient Egypt
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Cosmologies of substance, production, and accumulation in Central Mozambique

affects what I call cosmological creation. Such crisis and creation is only in part related to general processes of commodification; instead it is crucially premised on the mill’s appropriation of the transformative power of maize to the detriment of women. This pertains particularly to women as in the context of the household these largely control the socially and cosmologically significant tasks of transforming the maize cob to maize meal, which in turn will be made into the staple food.2 Centrally, such an argument also relates to the locally conceived and

in Framing cosmologies

theory is an approach based on the ‘transcendental turn’ in modern philosophy in which focus moves from ‘facts’ to the conditions in which these facts are made possible (Laclau, 1990: 431). More specifically, discourse theory is interested in the meaning of facts, rather than their mere existence. In discourse theory, meaning is considered to be relevant at two levels: the interpretation of the facts by actors and, secondly, the way that the social world is consequently constituted. The focus on meaning and interpretation in discourse theory places it in the

in Irish nationalism and European integration
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The Land League alliances

MUP FINAL PROOF – <STAGE>, 08/01/2013, SPi 5 Samuel Clark: Strange bedfellows? The Land League alliances In this essay, I shall (1) briefly review the principal arguments of Social Origins of the Irish Land War, along with several earlier articles I published on rural unrest in Ireland, (2) reassess and elaborate on these arguments in the light of more recent literature, (3) acknowledge some of the subjects that I did not cover and (4) discuss one of these uncovered subjects in a little detail. Intellectual context of Social Origins First, however, let me

in Land questions in modern Ireland

Regional Research 34 (2): 398–413. Massey, Doreen. 2001. “Living in Wythenshawe”. In The Unknown City: Contesting Architecture and Social Space. I. Borden, J. Kerr, J. Rendell, and A. Pivaro eds. pp. 458–476. Cambridge, MA; London: MIT Press. May, Vanessa and Stewart Muir. 2015. “Everyday belonging and ageing: place and generational change”. Sociological Research Online 20 (1): 8. McKenzie, Lisa. 2015. Getting By: Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain. Bristol: Policy Press. McNeil, Robina and Michael Nevell. 2000. A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of

in Realising the city