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Laura Jeffery

4 The politics of culture in exile This chapter explores the politics of cultural expression among the Chagossian community in exile. Culture [kiltir] has been an issue for displaced Chagos ­islanders in Mauritius for two reasons connected to the Chagossian struggle. First, in order to make a case for special treatment – compensation, the right of return, UK citizenship – they must show cultural uniqueness and demonstrate their distinctiveness from other Mauritian citizens and lack of integration into Mauritian society. Second, in order to be recognised as

in Chagos islanders in Mauritius and the UK
Michael Rush

6 Fatherhood and the European Union Introduction This chapter sets the EU social politics of fatherhood in the context of the ‘two worlds’ of fatherhood model. The chapter highlights the prevailing influence of the ‘Swedish system’ on the shaping of the EU Parental Leave Directives (Fusilier, 2009:252). In addition, the chapter illustrates that the EU promotion of a dual-earner model of parenting has combined with the influence of epistemic feminism to undermine outdated ways of thinking about fathers as malebreadwinners or ‘economic providers-in-chief ’ (O

in Between two worlds of father politics
Two firsts and the greatest?
Ben Worthy

The politics of freedom of information Underneath this is a more nuanced story of partisanship, political compromise and deft manoeuvre as the symbolic force met institutional resistance (Kennedy 1978; Schudson 2013a). The 1966 FOI Act (FOIA) was ‘conceived in partisan planning, went through its gestation period immersed in public relations and saw the light of day … because of a political deal’ (Archibald 1993, 726). The Bill was pushed in the challenging context of Cold War secrecy and was also shaped by the process (Schudson 2013a): ‘it was the result of the

in The politics of freedom of information
Ben Worthy

narrow, partisan level, FOI was an opportunistic policy that served to embarrass the secretive and ‘sleaze’-ridden Conservative government. It also chimed, after the experience of Thatcherism, with a current of Labour Party thought on breaking up power, and locked into a wide-ranging programme of constitutional reforms aimed at redesigning politics. More than this, the idea itself had obtained a powerful magnetic force. It was bound up with Labour’s sense of self and appealed as a policy that symbolised Labour’s radicalism and its new approach towards government and

in The politics of freedom of information
A symbolic victory?
Ben Worthy

’ trap and overt conflict so frequently seen elsewhere. A small, well-connected group of crusaders inside government took advantage of their own power and used a favourable context to neutralise opposition, with a rapid process lending momentum to a f­ar-reaching policy. Their efforts resulted in a hugely symbolic White Paper, rapidly formulated, that offered one of the most radical FOI regimes yet seen in the world. The vision was of a political redistribution of power opening up even the very centre of government decision-making (Terrill 2000). Its radicalism was

in The politics of freedom of information
Michael Rush

ways of thinking about fatherhood. In addition, the previous chapters illustrated that the mid-1970s represented a turning point in the social politics of fatherhood. The mid-1970s turning point in the social politics of fatherhood led to divergent ways of thinking about fatherhood, as welfare regimes responded to:  a decline of patriarchy (Therborn, 2004); a decline of male-breadwinning (Sommestad, 1998); a decline of the Parsonian gender contract (Herlth, 2002:314); and an ‘increasing diversity in the structure of families responsible for raising children

in Between two worlds of father politics
Executive versus legislative power
Cameron Ross

FAD7 10/17/2002 6:01 PM Page 122 7 Federalism and political asymmetry: executive versus legislative power As we have noted, political institutions are of crucial importance during transitions to democracy, and for Mainwaring, among all the choices of institutions ‘none is more important than the system of government: presidential, semipresidential, parliamentary or some hybrid’.1 There is now a general consensus in the literature that parliamentary systems are more stable than presidential ones and that it is much easier to consolidate democracy in

in Federalism and democratisation in Russia
Alexander Smith

5 The politics of irrelevance I discussed in the previous chapter how senior Party strategists used the In Touch leaflet to invoke a set of connections as they sought to embed (local) Tory candidates in a wider network of (local) social relations. Ironically, however, by seeking to render so explicitly the connections between local Tories and a wider community, this leaflet betrayed an anxiety grounded in a very unsettling assumption for Party activists: that local people considered the Scottish Conservatives irrelevant in the aftermath of devolution and were

in Devolution and the Scottish Conservatives
Sean Parson

2 What dumpstered soup tells us about violence, charity, and politics They don’t want to feed the hungry, they just want to make an anarchist type statement and we aren’t going to allow it. (Former San Francisco Police Captain Dennis Martel) They feel they can manipulate the homeless issue to set the stage for some kind of radical new order. (Former San Francisco mayor Art Agnos) “I love the smell of a full dumpster” is a phrase I hope no one has ever said. For those people who have never gone dumpstering, I can honestly tell you, the smell can be alarming. At

in Cooking up a revolution
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Deaths and politicised deaths in Buenos Aires’s refuse
Mariano D. Perelman

The appearance of corpses in rubbish tips is not a recent phenomenon. In Argentina, tips have served not only as sites for the disposal of bodies but also as murder scenes. Many of these other bodies found in such places belong to individuals who have suffered violent deaths, which go on to become public issues, or else are ‘politicised deaths’. Focusing on two cases that have received differing degrees of social, political and media attention – Diego Duarte, a 15-year-old boy from a poor background who went waste-picking on an open dump and never came back, and Ángeles Rawson, a girl of 16 murdered in the middle-class neighbourhood of Colegiales, whose body was found in the same tip – this article deals with the social meanings of bodies that appear in landfills. In each case, there followed a series of events that placed a certain construction on the death – and, more importantly, the life – of the victim. Corpses, once recognised, become people, and through this process they are given new life. It is my contention that bodies in rubbish tips express – and configure – not only the limits of the social but also, in some cases, the limits of the human itself.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal