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Prisoners of the past
Author: Richard Jobson

This book examines the impact that nostalgia has had on the Labour Party’s political development since 1951. In contrast to existing studies that have emphasised the role played by modernity, it argues that nostalgia has defined Labour’s identity and determined the party’s trajectory over time. It outlines how Labour, at both an elite and a grassroots level, has been and remains heavily influenced by a nostalgic commitment to an era of heroic male industrial working-class struggle. This commitment has hindered policy discussion, determined the form that the modernisation process has taken and shaped internal conflict and cohesion. More broadly, Labour’s emotional attachment to the past has made it difficult for the party to adjust to the socioeconomic changes that have taken place in Britain. In short, nostalgia has frequently left the party out of touch with the modern world. In this way, this book offers an assessment of Labour’s failures to adapt to the changing nature and demands of post-war Britain.

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.

Murray Stewart Leith and Duncan Sim

Hebridean shore pictures. Golfers on a coastal links course … Tartan trousers or tartan fabrics on a golf bag are a common additional referent. A ‘fishing’ picture, either a solitary angler … or the brightly painted prows of fishing boats. The profile of Edinburgh’s Castle and Old Town … Unwanted detail, such as the roofs of Waverley railway station is normally filtered out by choice of lens, camera angle or careful foreground screening. ( 1995 : 5–6) Many of us will smile on reading this as such stereotypes are quite familiar to us. Nevertheless, they

in Scotland
James L. Newell

encounters with the judicial authorities. Childhood and youth, 1936–61 The world of Berlusconi’s early childhood was one of hardship – but also of aspiration. He was born on Tuesday 29 September 1936 in via Volturno, in a district 18 Emergence of Milan known as l’Isola or ‘the Island’, a name which may have come from the neighbourhood’s relative isolation thanks to the construction of a railway that cut off former points of access from other areas nearby. Situated about two and half kilometres to the north of the city centre, l’Isola was a district whose blocks of

in Silvio Berlusconi
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Marnie Hay

General Workers’ Union Hall on O’Connell Street, which was also the IRA Brigade HQ. The Fianna collected ‘all dispatches from [IRA] GHQ which arrived in Limerick at the railway station’. ‘The messages, which usually were carried by the train staff, were handed over to a contact in the Railway office and then collected by our members and brought to IRA Brigade HQ’, explained Thomas Dargan. ‘Messages for HQ were delivered at the station and then forwarded to Dublin by the same procedure.’ The Fianna in the city of Limerick were responsible for delivering ‘GHQ dispatches

in Na Fianna Éireann and the Irish Revolution, 1909–23
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Torino and the Collettivo Punx Anarchici
Giacomo Bottà

on the fringes of Fiat’s Mirafiori and Lingotto factories. Many simply alternated sleeping in beds according to the factory shifts, lived in overcrowded attics across the city centre, or even slept on benches in railway stations. As a result, the municipality was forced to solve the problem of overcrowding by providing decent housing for the workers and their families in close proximity to the factories. From the 1960s on, workers were moved to monofunctional blocks of flats built on peripheral wasteland before even asphalted roads were completed or facilities and

in Fight back
Dominic Bryan, S. J. Connolly and John Nagle

triumphal arch, the royal party proceeded to the Linen Hall, where the queen paused to inspect a display of local produce, before driving past one of the town’s two new railway stations to the Botanic Gardens and Queen’s College, then doubling back to view the jewel in Belfast’s industrial crown, the giant linen-spinning mill of Mulholland Brothers off York Street ( Figure 4 ). Exhilarated by the success of the visit, the Council gave its recently completed new route from the Queen’s Bridge the name Victoria Street. Two newly created squares were named Queen’s Square and

in Civic identity and public space
Brian Hanley

rapping on the door asking if we would like to go to the South we came’.96 By 1972, a system was in place whereby people arriving at Royal Victoria (St) Railway Station in Belfast, and declaring themselves to be refugees, are issued with free rail travel vouchers to Dublin by the Railway authorities, the cost being recouped later from the Irish Red Cross Society. The official view was that ‘all and sundry can take advantage of this and many who have no good reason to leave their homes inevitably do’. Privately, civil servants considered that in 1972 ‘the exodus

in The impact of the Troubles on the Republic of Ireland, 1968–79
Dominic Bryan, S. J. Connolly and John Nagle

,000 and 120,000 faithful attended an open-air mass, celebrated on a high altar surrounded by a glass canopy twenty feet high, in the grounds of Beechmount, a mansion off the Falls Road recently purchased by the Catholic church. Faced with the possibility of Protestant protest, the government took firm action. Armed police were deployed on buses carrying people to this and other events, as well as at railway stations and at points along the track where carriages might come under attack. In the event, a hostile demonstration accompanied by bands and carrying union jacks

in Civic identity and public space
Brian Hanley

) was killed while planting a bomb at a power station near Ballyshannon. Over the next two years, loyalists would attack symbolic and infrastructural targets in the South. Wolfe Tone’s grave at Bodenstown was bombed in 1969, as was the tomb of Daniel O’Connell at Glasnevin in January 1971.3 The O’Connell monument in Dublin’s main street was blasted in December 1969 and the Wolfe Tone statue in Stephen’s Green bombed in February 1971.4 The UVF also bombed a TV relay station at Raphoe in February 1970 and an electricity sub-station in Tallaght in March that year. They

in The impact of the Troubles on the Republic of Ireland, 1968–79