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Christine Berberich and Arthur Aughey

at any one time is to write or speak of the conversation implied in those tales. Though the conversation is constantly changing it is remarkable how, as Oakeshott remarked and as we discussed in the Introduction, there is also a ‘swerving back to recover and make something topical out of even its remotest moments’ (1991: 59). For example, Paul Kingsnorth’s (2008) lament at the

in These Englands
Peopling the paper house
Alexa Alfer and Amy J. Edwards de Campos

consciousness with neurology professor and writer Antonio Damasio at the Oxford Union in 2004). In general, Byatt appears to favour a paradigm of criticism as conversation. She has likened a lively radio discussion to ‘a really good jazz improvisation’ (Carver, 1990: 45) and has praised radio and television programmes – which ‘essentially operate in the open world, not the university’ – as an opportunity to

in A. S. Byatt
Naming places at sea
Penny McCall Howard

chartplotter (Figure 11). Wullie’s Peak is one of many places that are part of trawler fishermen’s working practices and everyday conversations, yet are completely invisible from the sea’s surface and not related to any place on shore. Many of these places are the 5 55 From Wullie’s Peak to the Burma 55 Figure 11  Wullie’s Peak on the GPS chartplotter, on the right-​hand side about halfway up. The coloured lines are the GPS-​plotted traces made by the trawler while it was towing. Circles, crosses, triangles or hatched areas represent obstacles on the seafloor. Numbers

in Environment, labour and capitalism at sea
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Reclaiming global politics
Cerwyn Moore

became part of the evolution of a narrative of modern Western conflict, part of a plotted story about the shift from the politics of mechanised and industrial war, to conflict inscribed by ideology. But the Second World War, which ignited in Europe in 1939, halted conversations about the nature and representation of conflict. Over fifty years later 165 Contemporary violence some of these debates about conflict sparked by the Spanish Civil War, about social networks, non-state adversaries and challenges to states, were cojoined with further questions about narratives

in Contemporary violence
Orla O’Donovan

so long as the programme-makers assumed a ‘fly on the wall’ stance.3 Complete with the sounds of crying babies, chesty coughing, chair shuffling and murmured asides, the unavoidably poorly recorded ‘Ivan Illich comes to Corofin’, forms part of the significant volume of books, essays and recorded conversations involving this highly prolific and influential theorist. Celebrated by many as a twentieth-century ‘intellectual superstar’ (Kahn and Kellner, 2007: 438), Illich (1973: 50) himself acknowledged that his ideas exposed him to the ‘painful criticism of being not

in Mobilising classics
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Theses on homelessness, public space, and urban resistance
Sean Parson

”. These short theses are a distillation of my thoughts and arguments regarding these topics after years of research, activism, and engagement in the field. I do not make this as an expert attempting to foreclose conversation, but instead as an opening of a dialogue. As we move forward in the era of Trump, we need to engage with many of the ideas that are at the core of the theses and this book. As activists, teachers, and researchers (and hopefully all three) we need to remember that thinking and acting are not mutually exclusive activities. Our actions must be guided

in Cooking up a revolution
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Contestation, care and the ‘temper of the country’
Gideon Calder

? The answers here are not self-evident. Rather, they are triggers for a difficult conversation. Among its very many precious contributions, Marquand’s work has thrown searching light on the essential place of such conversation, and – just as urgently – on the waning of its quality under neoliberalism. It punctuates his attention to the lack of a ‘philosophy of the public realm’ (Marquand, 1988: 11), and his probing of the disconnect between ‘the liberal-minded radical intelligentsia’ and the core constituencies of progressive parties (Marquand, 1991; Marquand, 1997

in Making social democrats
Simon Lee

Introduction In his landmark study of The Politics of Englishness , Arthur Aughey proposed that ‘to be English was to participate in a conversation, an imaginative rather than a purely functional engagement, about the country’s history, culture and society’ (Aughey, 2007 : 213). Despite the enactment of devolution to the other constituent

in These Englands
Paul Blackburn reads Olson’s ‘Maximus, to Gloucester: Letter 15’
Simon Smith

Olson are already absorbed in. Blackburn has been working with Olson’s poems and essays since at least 1950. The whole point of the letter of 8 December 1950 is to involve Olson in a ‘circulation of ideas’. Blackburn had most likely come across the ‘Projective Verse’ essay, and is viewing Olson as a new and important poet to include in the conversation: Dear Olson: – There’s a scheme afoot we would like you to come in on. A circular packet of mss. oddments by young writers, experiments which editors might dodge, poems with tough technical problems etc. Anything with

in Contemporary Olson
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Amy Levine

encountered prized pragmatism (siryongjuui) in some form. The frequent references to hyeonjang (field, site of historical importance, praxis) that peppered hundreds of conversations and interviews, the Introduction3 founding of new think-tanks that promised to connect ‘field and theory’ and that drew upon the historical ‘mass people movements (minjung undong)’ as well as the ‘practical study movements (sirhak undong)’, and the media and government discourses that explicitly called for pragmatism were all considered. In the remainder of this Introduction, I will describe

in South Korean civil movement organisations