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The immigration debate and common anger in dangerous times
Ben Rogaly

hierarchies, the foundations for coming together to take action were sown by the enjoyment some narrators reported of the multi-ethnic, multi-lingual multi-nationality warehouse and food factory workplaces. This non-elite cosmopolitan disposition emerged for some through experiences at work, for example for Agnieszka KowalczykWojcik, who spoke with me in 2017 about her relations with other workers in a Peterborough warehouse: When I start working at [the warehouse], I couldn’t imagine that I can spend my off time during the break with people from Malaysia, we have one guy

in Stories from a migrant city
Amy Helen Bell

1 London crime scenes in the 1930s Introduction Suspicious death cases in the 1930s portray a London whose brilliant public and commercial life concealed a darker and shabbier poverty. Although stranger murders in London’s cosmopolitan Soho involving foreign restaurant workers and prostitutes captured newspaper headlines in the 1930s, this chapter also reveals a much more intimate picture of violence in which most victims and perpetrators knew each other, and in which women and children were the main victims. Parents driven to desperation by unemployment and

in Murder Capital
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Working for the Chinese Customs Service, 1854–1949
Author: Catherine Ladds

The Chinese Customs Service was a central pillar of the foreign presence in China, 1854-1949. Its far-reaching responsibilities included collecting duties on foreign trade, establishing China’s first postal service, participating in international exhibitions, and even diplomacy. This is the first book-length study of the 11,000 expatriates from twenty-three different countries who worked for the Customs, exploring how their lives and careers were shaped by imperial ideologies, networks and structures. In doing so it highlights the vast range of people for whom the empire world spoke of opportunity. In an age of globalisation, the insights that this book provides into the personal and professional ramifications of working overseas are especially valuable.

Empire Careers considers the professional triumphs and tribulations of the foreign staff, their social activities, their private and family lives, their physical and mental illnesses, and how all of these factors were influenced by the changing political context in China and abroad. Customs employees worked across the length and breadth of China, from the cosmopolitan commercial hub of Shanghai to isolated lighthouses. They thus formed the most visible face of imperialism in China. Contrary to the common assumption that China was merely an ‘outpost’ of empire, exploration of the Customs’s cosmopolitan personnel encourages us to see East Asia as a place where multiple imperial trajectories converged.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of imperial history and the political history of modern China.

Racism, immigration and the state
Steve Loyal

stratification and regional underdevelopment. It also masks growing racism within Irish society. The central aim of this chapter is to examine the current hegemonic construction of Ireland as an open, cosmopolitan, multicultural, touristfriendly society. It will argue that underlying the celebrated liberal values of freedom, choice and opportunity, which are supposedly intrinsic to the cultural renewal ushered in by the ‘new Ireland’, is the harsh reality of capitalist production, exclusionary nationalism and growing xenophobia, in relation to both the state and the general

in The end of Irish history?
An atypical commonwealth man
Rachel Hammersley

appears to have shared their cosmopolitan outlook. His works included numerous examples drawn from the history of other European countries, which revealed the depth of his knowledge in this area. His expertise on French history and politics was particularly strong and he engaged directly in the controversial contemporary debates concerning French history.51 Bolingbroke’s works also became well known in France. The first translations of them appeared in the Hammersley_01_TextAll2.indd 59 18/02/2010 17:10 60 bolingbroke and france 1730s and by 1754 almost all of his

in The English republican tradition and eighteenth-century France
Amy Helen Bell

3 Suspicious deaths and strangers in wartime London, 1939–45 Introduction The Second World War’s exacerbation of family tensions created a pattern of domestic violence that encompassed the entire city. This chapter shifts focus from the effects of war on private life to explore how the war affected crimes between relative strangers in public spaces: in pubs, in shelters and on the streets of London. During the war, London became a much more anonymous, varied and cosmopolitan city. Casual encounters influenced by alcohol, sex, racial tensions and the obscurity of

in Murder Capital
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Chivalry, nationality and the man-at-arms
Simon Walker

vital recommendation that brought him entry to the king’s affinity, when he was retained by Richard II, at a fee of 40 marks per annum, around Michaelmas 1392. 32 His cosmopolitan experience was immediately put to use by the king, who sent him, via Cologne and Vienna, with diplomatic letters for the city states of northern Italy. Janico was certainly in Venice by February 1393, where he cashed a letter of credit on behalf of Henry, earl of Derby, who was then on his way back from Jerusalem, and evidently discharged his whole mission to Richard’s satisfaction, for he

in Political culture in later medieval England
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Politeness, sociability and the culture of medico-gentility
Michael Brown

grand house for him in the highly desirable Castlegate. Furthermore, at least seven members of the Doctors Club had been, or became, Lord Mayors of York between the 1760s and 1830s, with two, including Henry Raper, serving two terms. The Doctors Club was therefore the embodiment of a civic culture defined not by a guild-mentality of corporate exclusivity but by the polite and civil values of cosmopolitan inclusivity and congenial clubability. This fusing of the urbane and the civic was a peculiar characteristic of the eighteenthcentury urban renaissance.81 With the

in Performing medicine
Author: Lynn Dobson

This book offers a conception of citizenship that is independent of any specific form of political organisation, while being compatible with multiple levels of political institutionalisation. Its de-contextualised account of citizenship differs from both cosmopolitan and nation-statist accounts. Using that conception, the book addresses topical and normative debates in one particular transnational political association: the European Union. Bringing political theory together with debates in international relations and in citizenship studies, the author argues that citizenship should be understood as an institutional role through which persons might exercise their political agency: their capacities to shape the contexts of their lives and promote the freedom and well-being of themselves and, importantly, fulfil their duties to others within and outside of the polity. The work draws on the rights-based philosophy of Alan Gewirth.

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Experiments in cultural criticism
Editors: Jackie Stacey and Janet Wolff

Writing Otherwise is a collection of essays by established feminist and cultural critics interested in experimenting with new styles of expression. Leading figures in their field, such as Marianne Hirsch, Lynne Pearce, Griselda Pollock, Carol Smart, Jackie Stacey and Janet Wolff, all risk new ways of writing about themselves and their subjects. Contributions move beyond conventional academic writing and into more exploratory registers to consider subjects such as: feminist collaborations, memories of dislocation, movement and belonging, intimacy and affect, encountering difference, passionate connections to art and opera. Some chapters use personal writing to interrogate theoretical issues; others put conceptual questions next to therapeutic ones; all of them offer the reader new ways of thinking about how and why we write, and how we might do it differently. Discovering the creative spaces in between traditional genres, many of the chapters show how new styles of writing open up new ways of doing cultural criticism. Aimed at both general and academic readers interested in how scholarly writing might be more innovative and creative, this collection introduces the personal, the poetic and the experimental into the frame of cultural criticism. This collection of essays is highly interdisciplinary and contributes to debates in sociology, history, anthropology, art history, cultural and media studies and gender studies.