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A Deweyan vision of democracy and social research 
Malcolm P. Cutchin

. Yet Dewey’s theory of habit is central to his philosophy and has been mostly overlooked by social scientists. To complement and contribute to the growth of social scientific scholarship in the pragmatic tradition, especially one concerned with democratic processes of social inquiry and social reconstruction, I attempt to flesh out some fundamental dimensions of Dewey’s work on habit. I suggest that an understanding of the central role of habit in Dewey’s body of work opens up the discourse to his associated ideas of embodiment, imagination and community – all of

in The power of pragmatism
Clive Barnett

habitual qualities of human action ( Chapter 2 ), the centrality of the notion of the situation to Dewey’s account of inquiry ( Chapter 3 ) and the recovery and application of Mead’s account of the inter-subjective dimensions of self-formation ( Chapter 4 ) all demonstrate how Pragmatism remains a source for innovative concepts that challenge and extend contemporary debates about embodiment, conduct and action. What emerges across the discussion of these foundational Pragmatist concepts is what one might call a broadly environmental imagination, if by that is

in The power of pragmatism
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Postcolonialism and ecology in the work of Tim Robinson
Eóin Flannery

Eóin Flannery in Robinson’s works make them salutary reminders and embodiments of the significance and import of ecological consciousness in the contemporary moment. Reading across his works as, inter alia, postcolonial, ecological and interdisciplinary, this discussion will position Robinson’s career and publications as potentially informative of contemporary debates within ecocritical and postcolonial ecocritical studies, as well as potent reminders of the currency of place and landscape in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland. In respect to this latter point, Robinson

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
Derek Gladwin

’ in order to ‘evoke the contours of the land’.34 By acknowledging cartography as a form of performance, in so far as the embodiment of body/subject is integral to the discipline, we can illuminate Robinson’s method of reconciling the relationship between map and map-maker in performative terms that result from the embodied movement of walking. An explicit example of this dynamic becomes evident when watching Robinson performing himself as a character in Collins’s documentary. Robinson narrates through his own writing, while we see him on screen move through

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
Art and the temporalities of geomedia
Gavin MacDonald

, in the midst of a rapidly accelerating surveillance society, we can use the new found technical precision of space-time mapping as a rich and poignant means of asserting our own existential uniqueness. His media-specific configuration of time, space and embodiment gives us the opportunity to map global space-time in relation to our own movement through it. (Mitchell and Hansen, 2010: 110) As well as issues of power and control, artworks that employ these technologies enable us to reflect on our own participation in acts of timing and spacing,7 our own roles as

in Time for mapping
Meg Holden

action. In this way, pragmatic action is Arendtian: practical judgement and action are the embodiment of a pragmatic approach. As much as philosophers write as if they could eschew “the perils of uncertainty” ( Dewey, 1981 , 358) by cognitive means, a pragmatic approach seeks certainty not from individual cognitive tricks but instead from accrued experience and situated judgements, shared in public. While this position involves foregoing the notion of a unifying explanation for any phenomenon from an authority on high, such an approach provides hope that justified

in The power of pragmatism
The restructuring of work in Britain
Louise Amoore

politicise restructuring is that the representation of globalisation in Britain is ‘naturalised’ so that the politics of restructuring are nullified. The problem is presented as technical and open to rational solutions, rather than as contestable. Contrary to the conspicuous efforts to remove the politics from discourses of globalisation and flexibility, it can be shown that the programmatic attempts to transform working practices are contradictory, contingent and contested. There is little doubt that Britain has become the embodiment of all that is presumed to be flexible

in Globalisation contested
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Ireland’s ‘ABC of earth wonders’
Derek Gladwin and Christine Cusick

the prose his narratives are inscribed by his spatial, social and historical interpretations of the terrain. This confluence is present 9 10 Derek Gladwin and Christine Cusick throughout Robinson’s writings, his listening to inhabitant stories unraveling into his processing of space and place. In Labyrinth, for instance, the seemingly anecdotal record of his roadside encounters with Dara Mullen, the island postman who Robinson ‘often used to meet … on his rounds’ when he was ‘mapping the island’, demonstrates the embodiment of process and product. Robinson

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
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The restructuring of work and production in the international political economy
Louise Amoore

Economist, 4 February 2000: 21), or as the embodiment of globalisation with ‘the whole world in their hands’ (The Sunday Times, 17 May 1998: 11). Meanwhile, for those who oppose or resist globalisation, the logos of the MNCs – the Nike ‘swoosh’, the McDonald’s golden arches, the Shell emblem – have become the archetypal symbols of global capitalism and the epitome of all that is wrong with globalisation. The dominant understanding of firms in the GPE represents the MNC as a unitary, coherent and bounded agent, pursuing global restructuring in a rational and linear fashion

in Globalisation contested
Dewey’s pragmatism and its implications for the spatialisation of social science 
Gary Bridge

re-establish continuity means that there is a reaching out to wider experience and other spaces and times. This takes place as a form of inquiry involving practical reason. As such, Dewey’s understanding of inquiry sits on top of arguments about time, space, experience and reason that are worth exploring in more depth. Space, time and situation Dewey points out how time and space are imbricated in the behaviour of mobile higher organisms: A sessile organism requires no premonitions of what is to occur, nor cumulative embodiments of what has occurred. An

in The power of pragmatism