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people looking was Texaco’ (Chris, (S)hell). Moreover, the technique of tracing CMC use to its source was used on the N30 email discussion list to uncover the identity of a suspected corporate protagonist. State counter-responses As environmentalists have used CMC to target particular opponents, state and corporate adversaries have begun to take the threat from online activism seriously and to employ multifarious tactics to disperse any danger 154 Cyberprotest they have perceived. The State seeks to accommodate, appropriate and repress different aspects of the

in Cyberprotest
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accept the essential shallowness of nationhood; once you understand that a national identity can be designed in a cynical, professional and calculated way as a life assurance company’s corporate personality, you will see why, though our nationhood has fewer certainties, it has fewer shackles too. 1 Some analysts see ‘nations’ as modern ideas, largely

in Understanding political ideas and movements
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counter-narrative to the over-determining corporate-speak discussed in the previous chapter. In summary, current ideas of inter-subjectivity suppose a dynamic relationship between self and structure, each having power to modify the other. The self is neither entirely institutionally determined nor self-determined, but is continually created and recreated at (and as) a point of convergence of (mostly unknowable) external influence and its (equally uncertain) interplay on genetic make-up and personal experience. Identity-making in today’s fluid conditions is no longer

in Telling tales
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6 The plumage of Britannia The variety of British identity In 1951 the poet Laurie Lee wrote a commentary for the Lion and the Unicorn Pavilion at the Festival of Britain. The intimation of the pavilion's presentation was of a homogeneous British character, but Lee's Britain was diverse not monolithic, characterised by its variety rather than by some pervasive essence, and he observed that ‘the British do not simply leave the development of language to the professionals of literature’, and that the ‘Cockney has added a

in Cultivating political and public identity
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An international political economy of work

the meanings of globalisation and flexibility directly engage with the everyday lives of people. They do so differentially, unevenly and contradictorily, as they simultaneously seek to remove the grounds for politics, while also redrawing the lines of shared experience, solidarity and identity. Bringing the rarefied restructuring practices of global corporate actors, financiers and governments into their concrete relationships with the everyday practices of work, renders the spaces of global restructuring reachable and open to debate. In this sense, our knowledge of

in Globalisation contested
John Holt & Co. (Liverpool) Ltd as a contemporary free-standing company, 1945–2006

’. 4 At the time of writing, the company, although no longer a giant, continues to operate in Nigeria, and has, exceptionally, kept its head office in Liverpool. John Holt highlights this connection in its corporate communications through its logo ( Plate 10 ): the round shape is a manilla, ‘previously used in some parts of Nigeria as currency’, and the five-point star

in The empire in one city?
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Identity and socialisation

determining the identity of an IO based on individual staff members (Finnemore 1996a) or states and staff that comprise the organisation (for example, the P–A model and blended rationalist–constructivist models: see Nielson, Tierney and Weaver 2006). A collective identity does not presuppose methodological individualism. Indeed, Mercer argues that ‘individuals make up bureaucracies, but we cannot understand the characteristics of bureaucracies (such as resistance to innovation) by examining only the beliefs of individuals’ (1995: 238). Wendt divided identity into corporate

in World Bank Group interactions with environmentalists
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Ethnography, history and the vagaries of research

, employee relations, community relations and staff training, were centrally concerned with the generation and managing of a corporate culture and identity. Given the core research questions, this was a logical place from which to work. I should note that about two years prior to the merger, there had been a decision by the board of directors to shift the organisational structure of the Bank from one based on geographical regions to one divided according to major core functions. Following this there was a more specific decision to ‘devolve’ much of the staff training

in Salvage ethnography in the financial sector
Crafting a study on Britain’s Black middle class

to work at least twice as hard as their white counterparts for the same recognition of worth. Similarly, the young, aspiring professionals at the event were mostly recent university graduates, about to join large corporations in the City. Yet, as many told me, to gain entry into this corporate world, they had struggled through at least three years of isolation at an elite higher education institute, where there were often few other Black folk on their degree courses. These feelings of non-recognition and isolation were also acknowledged by the Black professionals

in Black middle class Britannia
Clive Barker’s Halloween Horror Nights and brand authorship

. While processes of product differentiation and the management of brand identities between advertising agencies and manufacturers can be traced to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Celia Lury suggests that branding became an increasingly crucial cultural and economic process from the 1970s onwards. Forming part of the consolidation of global markets and corporate

in Clive Barker