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Peter Beilharz

connection between us. It was particularly intense when we were together, yet also at our antipodean distance, him in Leeds, me in Melbourne. On 24 August 2001 he welcomed receipt of my inaugural address as professor. ‘It has arrived. Superb piece. How can you say anything new about Marx and Weber?’ On 3 January 2002 he wrote to thank me for the piece I had written on his other totalitarianism, communism. ‘You are a genius,’ he wrote me; or at least, I told myself, a half-decent cobbler. ‘How uncannily closely we think,’ he said. Earlier, on 26 November 1994, he had

in Intimacy in postmodern times
A friendship with Zygmunt Bauman
Author: Peter Beilharz

What kind of intellectual was Zygmunt Bauman? Peter Beilharz worked with Bauman at an antipodean distance over 30 years. This memoir uses Beilharz’s archives to revisit and reconstruct their annual encounters and work together. It begins from Legislators and Interpreters, in 1987, through to Modernity and the Holocaust, in 1989, to the postmodern and the arrival of the liquid modern in 2000 and all the little books that followed. It tracks the unfolding of these two projects, held apart and together by place and time, experience and friendship. For these two thinkers shared the modern lifeworld but carried distinct biographies and formations. Their collaboration nevertheless depended on some kind of intimacy. This book addresses this friendship and some of the controversies surrounding Bauman’s work. It argues that his identity was that of an East European critical theorist, a Polish Jew of Marxist origins who was to become, finally, a reluctant celebrity in the United Kingdom, Europe and further afield. The reach of Bauman’s influence was much broader, and his legacy will be longer than this. Settling accounts with Bauman may be one precondition of moving on, for those who puzzle over modern times, and feel compelled to contemplate the challenges faced by intellectuals today.

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Distance, deferral, and immunity in the urban governance of refugees
Jonathan Darling

, I argue that one of these effects has been to distance, both physically and discursively, asylum seekers from the countries they seek refuge in, and from the citizens they seek refuge among. In exploring this landscape, I focus on the accommodation of asylum seekers in the UK, to argue that we witness the internalisation of attempts to keep asylum seekers at a contained distance, physically, morally and politically. In doing so, this chapter offers a critical consideration of how logics of bordering, which maintain such distance ‘outside’ the

in Displacement
Locating monstrosity in representations of the Automaton Chess-Player
John Sharples

, and Löhr each consider their subject within the spiral of ‘authentic’ fake, performance, spectacle, and virtuosity, negotiating between the inward, strictly mental nature of the chess-player’s skill and the physical, outward appearance of the automaton. Exhibitions of mechanical magic were time-limited, geographically constrained curiosities. Audiences retained a distance from the spectacle, allowing them to safely ‘experience a curious machine, immerse themselves in its complexities and then leave when satiated’. The experience of viewing the Turk, providing an

in A cultural history of chess-players
Imaginaries, power, connected worlds
Jeremy C.A. Smith

distances and then completing the circuit with a return journey, thrust countless numbers of the faithful through different lands. Infrastructural support, waystations, accommodation and signposts sprang up over time on the most frequently used roads. As well as sacred acts, economic transactions occurred en route. The monotheistic religions regulated the pilgrim’s obligations. The Hajj is the most encompassing and oldest of such movements. Since the late eighth century the Hajj has pulled pilgrims in vast numbers from Central Asia, North Africa, India and later South

in Debating civilisations
Daniel Weinbren

influences resulted not only in the OU’s foundation but also in the specific form of its pedagogy. The third section is about the educational roots of ‘the first distance teaching university that was truly multi-media in nature’.4 It examines the ways in which the OU adapted and transformed established models. The university was built on the premise that television, radio, correspondence and external assessment systems could be combined successfully for educational purposes. A blended system of open, supported learning could be created partly because of existing

in The Open University
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Ontologies of connection, reconstruction of memory
Jeremy C.A. Smith

civilisational angle, Oceania is a larger world with reviving social and cultural resources despite the extraordinary disordering produced by colonialism. Where does it start and where does it end? For this question, no answer seems adequate. Geography has no single answer, but it does identify a number of distinguishing features. The Pacific has big horizons. Though there are many islands, there are also long distances. Its vastness puts everything else in perspective. The Pacific’s surface area is larger than the planet’s combined land surface. If space alone is taken as the

in Debating civilisations
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Bauman writing, reading and talking
Peter Beilharz

and Bauman – for Thompson had also taken Kołakowski to the cleaners in that notorious and notoriously long piece in the Socialist Register for 1973. Thompson had animus against sociology as well as theory. But the main issue, proving Bauman’s response that you don’t argue back because it is not about you but about something else, was that Bauman was some kind of potential obstacle in the path of revolution. How dare these Poles take any kind of distance on revolutionary Marxism? This was presented as some kind of version of ratting. There was a complete

in Intimacy in postmodern times
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Towards ethical ethnography
Ruth Sheldon

leads me to challenge the legitimisation of theoretically abstract modes of knowing Finding the words 37 by developing a claim for ‘responsive ethnography’.2 By this I mean a practice of reflexive knowledge production, in which the researcher learns about themselves and others, through exploring closeness and distance in their relationships within and beyond the field. As I trace how I underwent this process, I identify a turning point in relation to the workings of my own surname in my fieldwork; I show how this exposed my deep implication with my research

in Tragic encounters and ordinary ethics
Mark Maguire and Fiona Murphy

fares and identification, and even the use of tachographs to record drivers’ periods of duty and speeds. All of this was intended to lift the veil of obscurity and make visible that which was hitherto ‘unseen.’ Before deregulation, then, the taxi industry was unruly and occluded from the gaze of government, and recommendations to use regulatory instruments to make visible drivers’ practices folded neatly into a broader campaign to transform the industry into one which would be governable, at a distance. Here we are taking government (or ‘governmentality’) to denote

in Integration in Ireland