do, no one else is so
capable of it or so ready for it. He could .
It’s a free country. But it will take a change of
consciousness. So phenomenology becomes politics. 15
When reading Cavell – on
anything and also on film – I come away with the strong sense
This book challenges the assumptions that reporters and their audiences alike have about the way the trade operates and how it sees the world. It unpacks the taken-for-granted aspects of the lives of war correspondents, exposing the principles of interaction and valorisation that usually go unacknowledged. Is journalistic authority really only about doing the job well? Do the ethics of war reporting derive simply from the ‘stuff’ of journalism? The book asks why it is that the authoritative reporter increasingly needs to appear authentic, and that success depends not only on getting things right but being the right sort of journalist. It combines the critical sociology of Pierre Bourdieu and interviews with war correspondents and others with an active stake in the field to construct a political phenomenology of war reporting—the power relations and unspoken ‘rules of the game’ underpinning the representation of conflict and suffering by the media.
approach which addresses accounts of narrative identity does much
to capture the social, cultural and ontological assumptions which inform our
interpretation of war.
This chapter stems from the recent contributions to theoretical debate by
focusing on a turn in IR which is concerned with meaning, and which is
tied into the real world relations of global politics through narratives.1 The
chapter begins by acknowledging the role of radical phenomenology as one
root of interpretivism – which in turn has influenced narrative. The following sections address the theme of
acquire symbolic capital but also
to shape what is collectively recognised as such. Thus, the tabloid
press can be seen to be not only forces of marketisation, but engaged
in a strategy to remould the terms of cultural legitimacy according to
principles of populism and anti-elitism.
How are fields lived? Bourdieu and phenomenology
If all of this appears more political economical than phenomenological, this is indicative of the mix of quantitative and qualitative
approaches that Bourdieu deploys. Field maps based on exhaustive
data collection have taken on a certain
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This chapter considers the implications of an analytical perspective on
journalism which focuses on the politics underlying the lived aspects
of journalism that ‘just are’. The approach taken in this book has asked
what structures consciousness of the professional world as given, and
what structuring effects normalisation of this consciousness might
have – and in each case we are
This book engages in a critical encounter with the work of Stanley Cavell on cinema, focusing skeptical attention on the claims made for the contribution of cinema to the ethical character of democratic life. In much of Cavell's writing on film he seeks to show us that the protagonists of the films he terms "remarriage comedies" live a form of perfectionism that he upholds as desirable for contemporary democratic society: moral perfectionism. Films are often viewed on television, and television shows can have "filmlike" qualities. The book addresses the nature of viewing cinematic film as a mode of experience, arguing against Cavell that it is akin to dreaming rather than lived consciousness and, crucially, cannot be shared. It mirrors the celebrated dialogue between Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Jean D'Alembert on theatre. The book articulates the implications of philosophical pessimism for addressing contemporary culture in its relationship to political life. It clarifies how The Americans resembles the remarriage films and can illuminate the issues they raise. The tragedy of remarriage, would be a better instructor of a democratic community, if such a community were prepared to listen. The book suggests that dreaming, both with and without films, is not merely a pleasurable distraction but a valuable pastime for democratic citizens. Finally, it concludes with a robust response from Dienstag to his critics.
Alternative approaches to violence in International Relations
that phenomenology does not allow us to engage
with ‘real’ experiences such as suffering, and on this, from the ‘other side’ of
the argument, there is some convergence of sorts with more recent writing by
some writers in the Anglo-Saxon tradition14 who have criticised empiricism
without abandoning some kind of engagement with practical experienced
realities (what Husserl calls, the ‘life-world’).
Some recent theoretical contributions have engaged with hermeneutics
in a rewarding manner.15 This work has provided a useful array of theoretical interventions based upon
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
“other side” of the science wars, those who are concerned
with context, meaning, interpretation, and intersubjectivity. In
philosophy this turn has its modern start in hermeneutic phenomenology, and that is where we need to begin. The chapter
ends by arguing for the importance of political responsibility
and of how by recasting and re-emphasising the politics of
responsibility in an intersubjective world it becomes possible to
address the current failures of our political leaders and political
Interpretation and responsibility
There are some good reasons why
Identity is often regarded as something that is possessed by individuals, states, and other agents. In this edited collection, identity is explored across a range of approaches and under-explored case studies with a view to making visible its fractured, contingent, and dynamic features. The book brings together themes of belonging and exclusion, identity formation and fragmentation. It also examines how identity functions in discourse, and the effects it produces, both materially and in ideational terms. Taking in case studies from Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, the various chapters interrogate identity through formal governing mechanisms, popular culture and place. These studies demonstrate the complex and fluid nature of identity and identity practices, as well as implications for theorising identity.