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Élisabeth Anstett
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Jean-Marc Dreyfus

The introduction outlines the book’s scope and addresses the central questions raised by the included chapters: when, how and why are bodies hidden or exhibited, and what is their effect, either desired or unintended, on various political, cultural or religious practices? With explicit reference to each chapter, a historic and disciplinary background will be presented, raising issues such as the increased application of forensic sciences on the discovered dead body, the emergence of debates surrounding necro-political strategies by states and political communities, and the economy and chain of custody over human remains resulting from historic and contemporary forms of violence.

in Human remains in society
Race and nation in twenty-first-century Britain

Nationalism has reasserted itself today as the political force of our times, remaking European politics wherever one looks. Britain is no exception, and in the midst of Brexit, it has even become a vanguard of nationalism's confident return to the mainstream. Brexit, in the course of generating a historically unique standard of sociopolitical uncertainty and constitutional intrigue, tore apart the two-party compact that had defined the parameters of political contestation for much of twentieth-century Britain. This book offers a wide-ranging picture of the different theoretical accounts relevant to addressing nationalism. It briefly repudiates the increasingly common attempts to read contemporary politics through the lens of populism. The book explores the assertion of 'muscular liberalism' and civic nationalism. It examines more traditional, conservative appeals to racialised notions of blood, territory, purity and tradition as a means of reclaiming the nation. The book also examines how neoliberalism, through its recourse to discourses of meritocracy, entrepreneurial self and individual will, alongside its exaltation of a 'points-system' approach to the ills of immigration, engineers its own unique rendition of the nationalist crisis. There are a number of important themes through which the process of liberal nationalism can be documented - what Arun Kundnani captured, simply and concisely, as the entrenchment of 'values racism'. These include the 'faux-feminist' demonisation of Muslims.

Irish republican media activism since the Good Friday Agreement
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Newspapers, magazines and pamphlets have always been central, almost sacred, forms of communication within Irish republican political culture. While social media is becoming the primary ideological battleground in many democracies, Irish republicanism steadfastly expresses itself in the traditional forms of activist journalism.

Shinners, Dissos and Dissenters is a long-term analysis of the development of Irish republican activist media since 1998 and the tumultuous years following the end of the Troubles. It is the first in-depth analysis of the newspapers, magazines and online spaces in which the differing strands of Irish republicanism developed and were articulated during a period where schism and dissent defined a return to violence.

Based on an analysis of Irish republican media outlets as well as interviews with the key activists that produced them, this book provides a compelling long-term snapshot of a political ideology in transition. It reveals how Irish Republicanism was moulded by the twin forces of the Northern Ireland Peace Process and the violent internal ideological schism that threatened a return to the ‘bad old days’ of the Troubles.

This book is vital for those studying Irish politics and those interestedin activism as it provides new insights into the role that modern activist media forms have played in the ideological development of a 200-year-old political tradition.

The politics of homeless resistance
Sean Parson

supplementing it with a part of those without part, identified with the whole of the community . . . Politics, before all else, is an intervention in the visible and the sayable” (Rancière, 2010: 36–67). To put it in simpler terms, Rancière is arguing that politics is about breaking down the borders that the police enforce and therefore radically opening and changing the nature of inclusion and exclusion in a political community. This is why later in the article he claims, “The essence of politics is dissensus” (Rancière, 2010: 38). Why dissensus? Because the police are about

in Cooking up a revolution
Jürgen Habermas and the European left
Robert Fine
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Philip Spencer

emphatically nationalistic forms of political community and by crafting a vision of postnational political community as the normative potential of our age. One of the markers of critical theory, as Habermas understood it, was to recognise that overcoming antisemitism lies at the centre of any worthwhile project of European reconstruction. 12 Jürgen Habermas: antisemitism and the postnational project Habermas conceived the postnational

in Antisemitism and the left
Frank Jordan, broken windows, and anti-homeless politics in San Francisco
Sean Parson

residents’ economic concerns. In the next section, we will go deeper into Jordan’s political program and explore the theoretical logic and implications of the Matrix program and its impact on the homeless community. The first part of the next section will explore the ways in which the revanchist policies of the Jordan administration attempted to restructure the political community in such a way as to exclude the homeless as political subjects, effectively making them anticitizens. The second section explores the ways in which the state used government-enforced visibility

in Cooking up a revolution
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Good relations, freespeech and political activism
Ruth Sheldon

communicate and who is entitled to participate (Fraser 2009). At stake in this politics are struggles over how competing experiences of suffering can be spoken and heard. Conflicts over the very boundaries of the relevant political community are enmeshed with demands arising out of the entangled, ongoing histories of European antisemitism and colonial violence, which cut across territorial borders. The questions raised by this justice conflict speak to the contemporary condition of our democratic politics, which is shaped by processes of globalisation, the legacies of

in Tragic encounters and ordinary ethics
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Death and security – the only two certainties
Charlotte Heath-Kelly

by theories that explore the deployment of life, only Jeff Huysmans has pointed to the potential connection between death and security in his 1998 article ‘Security! What Do You Mean?’, arguing that security can be understood as the responsive practices by which political communities alleviate mortality anxiety by making, and then disposing of, objects of threat ( 1998 : 237–8). In its response to

in Death and security
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Patrick Thornberry

Transformation of Political Community (Cambridge, Polity Press, 1998), p. 97. But see Lyotard’s ‘The other’s rights’, in S. Shute and S. Hurley (eds.), On Human Rights: The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 1993 (New York, Basic Books 1993), pp. 135– 47. 42 The issue is tackled by Kymlicka in his various writings. See also J. Rawls, The Law of Peoples (Cambridge, MA and London, Harvard University Press, 1999) for an attempt to distinguish positions vis-à-vis ‘Liberal peoples’, ‘decent hierarchical peoples’ and ‘tyrannies’. 43 A presupposition of the Habermasian critical theory and its

in Indigenous peoples and human rights
A case study of South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup
Suzanne Dowse

South Africa arguably reflects relations between entities occupying the core and the periphery.53 Likewise, the way in which political communities, within South Africa and beyond, perceive hosting MSEs as ‘normal’ activity for states of a certain international standing suggests that it is or has evolved from a marker of distinction into benchmark of development.54 In terms of the policy potential perceived in MSEs this is an important consideration, as if the exceptionalism of hosting is declining it may mean that expectations for increased influence or position

in Sport and diplomacy