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Social and cultural modernity beyond the nation-state
Author: Shivdeep Grewal

German philosopher Jürgen Habermas has written extensively on the European Union. This is the only in-depth account of his project. Published now in a second edition to coincide with the celebration of his ninetieth birthday, a new preface considers Habermas’s writings on the eurozone and refugee crises, populism and Brexit, and the presidency of Emmanuel Macron.

Placing an emphasis on the conception of the EU that informs Habermas’s political prescriptions, the book is divided into two main parts. The first considers the unfolding of 'social modernity' at the level of the EU. Among the subjects covered are Habermas's concept of juridification, the latter's affinities with integration theories such as neofunctionalism, and the application of Habermas's democratic theory to the EU. The second part addresses 'cultural modernity' in Europe – 'Europessimism' is argued to be a subset of the broader cultural pessimism that assailed the project of modernity in the late twentieth century, and with renewed intensity in the years since 9/11.

Interdisciplinary in approach, this book engages with European/EU studies, critical theory, political theory, international relations, intellectual history, comparative literature, and philosophy. Concise and clearly written, it will be of interest to students, scholars and professionals with an interest in these disciplines, as well as to a broader readership concerned with the future of Europe

Riots and extraparliamentary participation
Matt Qvortrup

resort to this mainly – though not only – when their opportunities for meaningful talking and voting break down. Thinking about the politics of violent dissent has a long history in political thought. Oscar Wilde, not normally regarded as a political thinker, noted in The Soul of Man Under Socialism: Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and rebellion. (1997, 899) Not everyone will agree with Wilde’s statement, though Hegel’s claim that ‘the

in The politics of participation
The English union in the writings of Arthur Mee and G.K. Chesterton
Julia Stapleton

, Chesterton concentrated much of his early fire on the movement in art and literature that developed in the 1880s known as the decadence. This was associated with the work of Oscar Wilde, Walter Pater, Aubrey Beardsley, George Moore, Max Beerbohm, and the infamous ‘Yellow Book’. The decadence injected a new freshness into the fin de siècle after the earlier phase of Aestheticism

in These Englands
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These Englands – a conversation on national identity
Arthur Aughey and Christine Berberich

can speak all you like but you will only be listened to when you say what the powerful wish to hear. As Oscar Wilde said, ‘I delight in talking politics. I talk them all day. But I can’t bear listening to them’ (cited in Gambetta, 1998 : 19). Oakeshott’s use of the term, as one would expect, is more subtle and complex. We argue that to say anything meaningful about Englishness as conversation, as it is implied in the frequent use of that

in These Englands
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Maude Casey

Shakespeare was to become a stock figure on the English stage. This abject depiction of the Irish clashed with another view. For English Literature ‘O’ and ‘A’ level courses at school, I read writers, lauded by my teachers, whom I knew to be Irish. The patterns of their syntax, their vocabulary and imagery, were as familiar to me as water. The language of Joyce felt like mine. I’d known Oscar Wilde and his mother, the poet Speranza, since childhood. The Brontë sisters’ Irish father had changed his name in order to get on in England. In Heathcliff, Emily created the abused

in The Northern Ireland Troubles in Britain
Shivdeep Grewal

were frowned on by Machiavelli (1970: 77). Dandyism is often associated with decadent strains of Anglo-American and French literature. Though a detailed treatment is beyond the scope of the present study, the following writers – a far from comprehensive survey, to be sure – offer insights into the topic, whether as practitioners, theoreticians or observers: Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, William Burroughs, J.G. Ballard, Chris Petit (specifically, the eponymous character from his novel Robinson , 1993), William Gibson (Peter

in Habermas and European integration
Shivdeep Grewal

practitioners, theoreticians or observers: Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, William Burroughs, J.G. Ballard, Chris Petit (specifically, the eponymous character from his novel Robinson, 1993), William Gibson (Peter Riviera, a protagonist in the latter’s Neuromancer, 1984, is a classic, and rather sinister, dandy) and Susan Sontag, whose ‘Notes on “Camp”’ (1964) could be looked to for insights into the political style of, for example, Pim Fortuyn; among the French, obvious names are Sade, Baudelaire, Huysmans and 25 26 27 C   85 Houellebecq. Foucault

in Habermas and European Integration (second edition)
Rob Manwaring

to Oscar Wilde The New Social Democracy in its variant forms in both Australia and Britain is experimenting with the ideas of participation, ­democracy and consultation. In both countries, there is willingness by c­ entre-left ­governments to search for new mechanisms to enable citizen ­engagement with the policy-making process. As outlined in the ­previous ­chapter, these are responses to both the dominance of ­ neoliberalism and the impact of the new public management. While there has been a proliferation of such initiatives in many countries (see Barnes et al

in The search for democratic renewal
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Claud W. Sykes, MI5 and the ‘Primrose League’
Charmian Brinson and Richard Dove

friendship might have passed unnoticed by literary historians had Sykes not also agreed to act as a typist for Joyce. In December 1917 and February 1918, he typed the first three episodes of Ulysses, working from Joyce’s handwritten manuscript. Sykes was supporting himself by teaching English but, as a professional actor, he longed to return to the stage.32 In the spring of 1918, he and Joyce started The English Players, a troupe founded to perform plays in English, with Sykes as producer and director and Joyce as business manager. Their first production, Oscar Wilde’s The

in A matter of intelligence
History, culture and character
Gary Day

to the present, just the juxtaposition of disparate historical phenomena, the execution of King Charles, the trial of Oscar Wilde and so on. This is history as spectacle. It creates the sense that history is complete and all we have to do is contemplate or rather consume it. As part of the preparation for making the Isle of Wight a miniature

in These Englands