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Landscape and the lost republic
Nicholas Allen

subjective suffering is added with Moran’s marriage to Rose, a match that serves only to show how his self-imprisonment can be extended to others. The critical focus on Amongst Women has concentrated on the social construction of the novel and its implications for mid-twentieth-century Irish society.8 Sampson takes up this theme in part through McGahern’s reference to the living stream,9 which is the novelist’s gesture towards a key sequence in Yeats’s meditation on rebellion, ‘Easter, 1916’: ‘Hearts with one purpose alone / Through summer and winter seem / Enchanted to a

in John McGahern
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L’effroi et l’attirance of the wild-woman
Jacqueline Lazú

priority. This does not suggest that respect or empathy should be sacrificed. Only by understanding the social oppression, exploitation and degradation experienced by the sort of people who become freaks can one understand the choices made – if choices even exist – to appear to give consent to being exhibited (or manipulated, used, etc.). So, according to Gerber, in the case of the freak show, the minority-group model serves to join a respect for social process to the power of social constructionism. 40 The commodification of Otherness, as bell

in The last taboo
Don Randall

’s characterising concern with otherness, a concept that certainly resonates with the inaugural articulations of postcolonial theory. Discussion of An Imaginary Life, in Chapter 3, introduces the notion of the othered other, the other deformed and made threatening by fear and disavowal, by refused recognition, and this key conception of the social construction of otherness remains pertinent in subsequent discussion of abjection. Said’s Orientalism, and most particularly in the chapter ‘Orientalizing the Oriental’, argues that imperial discourse works in large part by deformation

in David Malouf
New perspectives on immigration
Caroline Fache

since the 1980s, but the media can still be accused of racism because of the notable absence of diversity in their programs unless they point at social problems specifically linked to the underrepresented minorities. The inequitable representation of the communities that make the fabric of a society and nation state constitutes an actual violation of democratic rights. 114 Reimagining North African immigration 4 Although the concept of imagined communities was originally coined to describe the social construction of nations which are supported by people who perceive

in Reimagining North African Immigration
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Yvette Hutchison

, gender and history are being renegotiated, and how these revisions are affecting current thinking about identity, histories and geographies. It is worth noting here that place and space are critical to how we negotiate memory and identity. Harrison argues that physical spaces are ‘metaphors for our social constructions of reality. . . . Places form landscapes and landscapes may be defined as sets of relational places and embody (literally and metaphorically) emotion, memories and associations derived from personal and interpersonal shared ­experience’ (2003: 4

in South African performance and archives of memory
The poetics of suffrage in the work of Eva Gore-Booth and Constance Markievicz
Lauren Arrington

the radicalisation of Irish nationalism and the rise of militant separatism. During this period of rapid widespread radicalisation, suffrage ostensibly disappears from Markievicz’s writing. Yet, in fact, it becomes more deeply encoded. Key to recovering Markievicz’s attitude to suffrage is her belief about the social construction of gender, which is very similar to Eva’s idea of the dual nature of humanity. In her speech ‘The Future of Irishwomen’, delivered to the Irish Women’s Franchise League in October 1915 and printed in the Irish Citizen, Markievicz argued

in Irish women’s writing, 1878–1922
Reflections on new historicism and cultural materialism
Simon Wortham

Elizabethan drama as offering ‘a recognition of the discontinuous nature of human identity and its social construction’ suggests an affinity between ‘this picture of the Renaissance and certain contemporary understandings of our own historical moment as the post-humanist epoch in which essentialist notions of selfhood are no longer viable’. 22 Cultural materialism, she argues, finds

in Rethinking the university
Sue Walsh

. If Newkirk thinks she can feed off social construction without feeding into it she is sadly mistaken. An analogy is how when we tell a racist joke, we rely on stereotyped images of the group we present; in telling the joke, we also reinforce those images. (Susan Hylen: Decatur, Georgia) 19 Susan Hylen’s argument here might be said to have something in common with Clifford Geertz’s observation that while ‘religion rests its case on revelation, science on method [and] ideology on moral passion; […] common sense rests its on the assertion

in The last taboo
Glyn White

central character as Patricia or Patrick (229–30). References Barthes , Roland ( 1986 ) The Rustle of Language, London: Blackwell Berger , Peter L. and Luckmann , Thomas ( 1967 ) The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of

in Reading the graphic surface
Par Kumaraswami, Antoni Kapcia and Meesha Nehru

and his work, Bourdieu’s central contribution has been to reveal the mechanisms and strategies by which the collective – whether society at large, social class, dominant social group, or smaller sub-group – produce and reproduce the conditions of their existence: in other words, to explore artistic practice as a social construction which employs classificatory mechanisms in order to award acceptability, status, prestige (or ‘distinction’, in Bourdieu’s terms). In particular, his work on habitus, or the internalised relationship with objective structures which allows

in Literary culture in Cuba