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Fast time and workplace identity
Angela Lait

deregulated systems have allowed capital accumulation that is not tied to a base of real (i.e. concrete and realisable) value and is accrued as a result of quick-win, short-term decision making. The flexibility typical of financial markets has also come to characterise much of our existence over the last two decades both through the work conditions experienced in private corporations and industries, and more

in Telling tales
Open Access (free)
Lara Apps and Andrew Gow

’ categories or one does not. The existence of male witches, and particularly their presence in demonological treatises, raises many questions. Can the male witch be assimilated into discussions framed by ideas about patriarchal oppression? Is the male witch a figure of the earlier witch-hunting phase only? Were male and female witches believed to be fundamentally different? Were male witches somehow gendered ‘female’ by witchcraft

in Male witches in early modern Europe
Fünf Patronenhülsen/Five Cartridges
David Archibald

, 2004 : 531). The Spanish Civil War, however, provided the most useful historical period as it fitted perfectly with the desire of the ruling Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands/Socialist Unity Party (SED) to construct an anti-fascist national heritage as part of the attempt to legitimise the existence of the East German state and, crucially, their leadership role within it. (McLellan, 2006 : 289) 7 If one narrative of early twentieth-century German history could be traced from the rise of Hitler in the 1920s and 1930s through to German expansion, the Second

in The war that won't die
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Anthony Amatrudo and Regina E. Rauxloh

the world a better place.’ The idea that the law, in all its manifestations, can help to solve the problems of an increasing complex world is a reassuring and comforting one, but of course it is often a myth. Since law benefits from the creation, and conservation, of many of the myths, law itself becomes a form of media, a vehicle of communication of messages beyond the primary content of law, creating its own myths and sets of public beliefs. 2.  Law needs myths for its existence While law seeks to steer the behaviour of individuals and to shape public perception

in Law in popular belief
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T. J. H. McCarthy

the truth of these allegations cannot be established (since they owe much to the efforts of Gregorian polemicists to portray Henry as the archetypal tyrant described by Isidore of Seville), 34 their very existence confirmed to Henry’s opponents that he refused to live his life ‘in ways befitting a king’. 35 Equally as worrying in the eyes of many reformers was the

in Chronicles of the Investiture Contest
Rachel Sykes

describe Robinson as a ‘quiet, modest’ writer who evokes a surprisingly ‘quiet power’ through a distinctly ‘quiet, ruminative style’.3 Since winning the Pulitzer, Harding’s tale of Tinkers’ many rejections has also taken on the status of myth with journalists mocking publishers who lacked ‘the nerve to imagine worldly success for so quiet and meditative a book’.4 This chapter examines the discrepancy between the prize-winning success of quiet fiction and repeated critical surprise at the trend’s existence. Even Brett Easton Ellis, whose famously fast-paced and ultra

in The quiet contemporary American novel
Tarja Väyrynen

BURTON’S VERSION OF human needs theory is an inseparable part of his conflict and conflict resolution theory as demonstrated in earlier chapters. Burton establishes an ‘onion model’, and gives biologically based needs priority over culture in the structuring of human existence. This part of the book discusses the social constructionist view of human being and social world offered

in Culture and international conflict resolution
Suicide
Steven Earnshaw

’s flaws is implicit,1 O’Brien’s explicitly seems to target the vacuity and soullessness of modern life, with Las Vegas its starring symbol and objective correlative.2 The novel’s semi-​autobiographical content would seem to return us to the milieu of the writer-drinker. The idea of drinking as a slow suicide has been a recurrent theme throughout The Existential drinker, often drawing on Camus’s premise as expressed at the beginning of The Myth of Sisyphus that to truly exist there must be some authentic desire for existence. It is from this idea that Leaving Las Vegas

in The Existential drinker
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Bauman’s Levinasian turn
Ali Rattansi

of Postmodern Ethics will reveal. In Bauman an additional, Levinas-derived puzzlement is caused by his assertion that morality is not rationally deduced or socially produced, but is immanent in human co-existence. Humans by nature live together, and this ‘being with others’ is the ‘source’ or the ‘cause’ of moral behaviour. My own equivocation between ‘source’ and ‘cause’ is self-consciously expressed to draw out a curiosity in Bauman’s argument. Where does morality come from? Can there be a sociology of morals? The point here is that Bauman’s antipathy to

in Bauman and contemporary sociology
Becky Taylor

step towards permanent settlement; for Travellers it was often seen as the only viable means of maintaining a semi-nomadic existence in an increasingly regulated environment. Governmental culture and planning Central to the identity of the British state in the mid-twentieth century was how its impartiality and professionalism enabled its civil servants to deliver a reasonable technocratic solution to challenges posed to it. Yet Travellers were systematically failed by the post-war state at both central and local levels. The response of the Ministry of 134 Post

in A minority and the state