Substance, symbols, and hope
Author: Andra Gillespie

The election of Barack Obama was a milestone in US history with tremendous symbolic importance for the black community. But was this symbolism backed up by substance? Did ordinary black people really benefit under the first black president?

This is the question that Andra Gillespie sets out to answer in Race and the Obama Administration. Using a variety of methodological techniques—from content analysis of executive orders to comparisons of key indicators, such as homeownership and employment rates under Clinton, Bush, and Obama— the book charts the progress of black causes and provides valuable perspective on the limitations of presidential power in addressing issues of racial inequality. Gillespie uses public opinion data to investigate the purported disconnect between Obama’s performance and his consistently high ratings among black voters, asking how far the symbolic power of the first black family in the White House was able to compensate for the compromises of political office.

Scholarly but accessible, Race and the Obama Administration will be of interest to students and lecturers in US politics and race studies, as well as to general readers who want to better understand the situation of the black community in the US today and the prospects for its improvement.

Der Blaue Reiter and its legacies
Author: Dorothy Price

This book presents new research on the histories and legacies of the German Expressionist group, Der Blaue Reiter, the founding force behind modernist abstraction. For the first time Der Blaue Reiter is subjected to a variety of novel inter-disciplinary perspectives, ranging from a philosophical enquiry into its language and visual perception, to analyses of its gender dynamics, its reception at different historical junctures throughout the twentieth century, and its legacies for post-colonial aesthetic practices. The volume offers a new perspective on familiar aspects of Expressionism and abstraction, taking seriously the inheritance of modernism for the twenty-first century in ways that will help to recalibrate the field of Expressionist studies for future scholarship. Der Blaue Reiter still matters, the contributors argue, because the legacies of abstraction are still being debated by artists, writers, philosophers and cultural theorists today.

Rethinking verbatim dramaturgies

Responding to the resurgence of verbatim theatre that emerged in Britain, Australia, the United States and other parts of the world in the early 1990s, this book offers one of the first sustained, critical engagements with contemporary verbatim, documentary and testimonial dramaturgies. Offering a new reading of the history of the documentary and verbatim theatre form, the book relocates verbatim and testimonial theatre away from discourses of the real and representations of reality and instead argues that these dramaturgical approaches are better understood as engagements with forms of truth-telling and witnessing. Examining a range of verbatim and testimonial plays from different parts of the world, the book develops new ways of understanding the performance of testimony and considers how dramaturgical theatre can bear witness to real events and individual and communal injustice through the re-enactment of personal testimony. Through its interrogation of different dramaturgical engagements with acts of witnessing, the book identifies certain forms of testimonial theatre that move beyond psychoanalytical accounts of trauma and reimagine testimony and witnessing as part of a decolonised project that looks beyond event-based trauma, addressing instead the experience of suffering wrought by racism and other forms of social injustice.

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Environmental justice and citizen science in a post-truth age
Editors: Thom Davies and Alice Mah

This book examines the relationship between environmental justice and citizen science, focusing on enduring issues and new challenges in a post-truth age. Debates over science, facts, and values have always been pivotal within environmental justice struggles. For decades, environmental justice activists have campaigned against the misuses of science, while at the same time engaging in community-led citizen science. However, post-truth politics has threatened science itself. This book makes the case for the importance of science, knowledge, and data that are produced by and for ordinary people living with environmental risks and hazards. The international, interdisciplinary contributions range from grassroots environmental justice struggles in American hog country and contaminated indigenous communities, to local environmental controversies in Spain and China, to questions about “knowledge justice,” citizenship, participation, and data in citizen science surrounding toxicity. The book features inspiring studies of community-based participatory environmental health and justice research; different ways of sensing, witnessing, and interpreting environmental injustice; political strategies for seeking environmental justice; and ways of expanding the concepts and forms of engagement of citizen science around the world. While the book will be of critical interest to specialists in social and environmental sciences, it will also be accessible to graduate and postgraduate audiences. More broadly, the book will appeal to members of the public interested in social justice issues, as well as community members who are thinking about participating in citizen science and activism. Toxic Truths includes distinguished contributing authors in the field of environmental justice, alongside cutting-edge research from emerging scholars and community activists.

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Martin O’Shaughnessy

Introduction Laurent Cantet is one of France’s leading contemporary directors although he has only made a relatively modest number of films. If the undoubted high point of his career to date was the award of the Palme d’Or at the sixty-first Cannes film festival in 2008 to his Entre les murs (The Class), it was not his first critical success. It came on the back of the Don Quixote award given to L’Emploi du temps (Time Out) at the Venice film festival in 2001, the French César for best first film and other prizes given to Ressources humaines (Human Resources

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Whatever happened to the new bohemia?
Steve Redhead

1960s is deeply ambiguous. It is not, Hewison argues, that the era was merely ‘better’, but that: The Sixties were good at a number of things, especially at having a good time, and now, when we are having a bad time, we are inclined to read the words ‘too much’ with a guilty awareness that the rich substance of the Sixties has been dissipated in the Eighties –​and that it was in the Seventies that we began to pay the price. Of course, it is much more complicated than that, and at this distance from events there is still confusion about what took place, as well as

in The end-of-the-century party
The rise of the Troops Out Movement
Aly Renwick

‘decade of revolution’ as the Sixties was sometimes called. In 1965, a year before my trip to Thailand with the British Army, four members of the Labour Party in London, all of Irish descent,2 joined DAWSON 9780719096310 PRINT (v2).indd 112 14/10/2016 12:19 The rise of the Troops Out Movement 113 forces with Paul Rose, a young Labour MP, to form the Campaign for Democracy in Ulster (CDU; see Hopkins, chapter 4 in this volume). The organisation worked to support the emergent civil rights movement in Northern Ireland and adopted three basic aims: To secure by the

in The Northern Ireland Troubles in Britain
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Sam Rohdie

story as the sixty-nine images by the side of the narratives. When Dude in Rio Bravo crawls on the ground to pick out the silver dollar that Burdett had tauntingly thrown into a spitoon at the very beginning of the film, it is as if the movement forward of the story hesitates for an instant at his gesture, intensifying it and the slime of the dollar in the spitoon, then resumes its path taking Dude

in Montage
Sexuality, trauma and history in Edna O’Brien and John McGahern
Michael G. Cronin

Beatles in 1963 and The Rolling Stones in 1965, for instance. But the phenomena of the Irish showbands, the emergence of the folk scene and the enormous popularity of the annual Fleadh Cheoil music festival were also manifestations of this new youth culture, and arguably had a more geographically dispersed and socially diverse impact on the country.2 It is unsurprising that a society undergoing a phase of accelerated capitalist development, as Ireland was in the Sixties, should view this energetic youth culture as a signifier of how the country was negotiating its

in Impure thoughts
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Celia Hughes

continuing to define their contemporaries.1 Social historians emphasise the importance of attending to the everyday experiences and perceptions of ‘ordinary’ people, whose lives offer the most potential for measuring real change over time. Nowhere is this more the case than with histories of the sixties. The period remains a contested historical landscape, and yet studies of post-1945 society 9780719091940_4_000.indd 1 11/12/14 2:28 PM 2 Young lives on the Left remain in their infancy. In recent years historians have begun to challenge what Frank Mort has termed ‘the

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