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A reply from Saturday Night to Mr. Dienstag

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

in Cinema, democracy and perfectionism
Authority, authenticity and morality

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.

Towards interpretive pluralism

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

in Contemporary violence

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

in The politics of war reporting
Joshua Foa Dienstag in dialogue
Series: Critical Powers

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.

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Implications for war reporting, journalism studies and political phenomenology

3681 The Politics of war reporting.qxd:Layout 1 28/9/11 11:14 Page 152 8 Conclusion: implications for war reporting, journalism studies and political phenomenology Introduction 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

in The politics of war reporting
Social and cultural modernity beyond the nation-state

Habermas and European integration examines the attitudes of German philosopher Jürgen Harbermas towards the European Union and the proposed European Constitution of 2004. Habermas wrote in support of this Constitution which ultimately remained unratified after referendums in 2005. This book combines an exploration of both Habermas’s ideas and of the crises on the European Union; these are both currently topical subjects. The book is divided into two main parts. The first section addresses the concept of ‘social modernity’ at EU level whilst exploring Habermas’s notion of juridification and its affinities with integration theories. The second section considers ‘cultural modernity’ in Europe and focuses on the impact of ‘Europessimism’ which grew in the late twentieth century and intensified in the years following 9/11. There is also a final third section which looks at the conceptual landscape of the Constitutional Convention using empirical research. With an interdisciplinary approach, the book engages with EU studies, critical and political theory, international relations, intellectual history, comparative literature and philosophy. Habermas and European integration was originally published in 2012 with this second edition being published in paperback with a new preface to coincide with Habermas’s ninetieth birthday. This republication follows several developments in European politics which are explored in the revised preface; the original text is maintained with annotations supplied for correction. The book appeals to multiple readerships including students and scholars as well as broader readers who might be interested in European affairs especially considering the ongoing political crises.

Place, space and discourse
Editors: Christine Agius and Dean Keep

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.

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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

in Contemporary violence
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“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 systems. Interpretation and responsibility There are some good reasons why

in How to save politics in a post-truth era