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Constructing a queer haven

Discourses on LGBT asylum in the UK analyses fifteen years of debate, activism and media narrative and examines the way asylum is conceptualized at the crossroads of nationhood, post colonialism and sexual citizenship, reshaping in the process forms of sexual belongings to the nation.

Asylum has become a foremost site for the formulation and critique of LGBT human rights. This book intervenes in the ongoing discussion of homonationalism, sheds new light on the limitations of queer liberalism as a political strategy, and questions the prevailing modes of solidarity with queer migrants in the UK.

This book employs the methods of Discourse Analysis to study a large corpus encompassing media narratives, policy documents, debates with activists and NGOs, and also counter discourses emerging from art practice. The study of these discourses illuminates the construction of the social problem of LGBT asylum. Doing so, it shows how our understanding of asylum is firmly rooted in the individual stories of migration that are circulated in the media. The book also critiques the exclusionary management of cases by the state, especially in the way the state manufactures the authenticity of queer refugees. Finally, it investigates the affective economy of asylum, assessing critically the role of sympathy and challenging the happy goals of queer liberalism.

This book will be essential for researchers and students specializing in refugee studies and queer studies.

Indrajit Roy

explained by the affirmative action for ‘economically weaker sections’ instituted a few months prior to the election. This chapter reflects on the political emotions that led to the institution of affirmative action for this social class. It first discusses the class basis of the BJP's re-election. Next, it highlights the caste differentiation of the class vote for the NDA. Third, it discusses the importance of affirmative action in attracting Modi, the BJP and the NDA to the Savarna poor, a social class whose members found themselves with a precarious privilege. The

in Passionate politics
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Passionate politics in India today
Indrajit Roy

. Where the contributors to this book dwell on emotions, they reflect on the expressed rather than the representational or experiential dimension of emotion. Emotions in electoral politics Emotions matter. And so do the broader social, economic and political structures within which they are embedded. As sociologist Jack Barbalet reminds us, ‘emotions must be understood in the context of the structural relations of power and status that elicit them’ (Barbalet, 1998 : 26). Feelings and ideas, and affect and

in Passionate politics
Jens Eder

’ (Clarke, Hoggett and Thompson 2006, 8–​9). In all these political contexts, 65 66 66 Image operations most emotions are social, resulting ‘from real, anticipated, recollected, or imagined outcomes of social relationships’ in terms of power and status (Kemper 1978, 43). Many are also moral, governed by concerns about care, fairness, loyalty, authority or purity (Haidt and Kesebir 2010, 41). Political emotions, among them complex experiences like ‘civic love’ (Nussbaum 2013), include social and moral emotions caused by interrelations between and inside of groups

in Image operations
Sarah Ansari

Kashmir is a region with a long and distinct history today straddling the border between India and Pakistan; it is divided between the two states, but claimed in full by both, although many Kashmiris would prefer to be independent. Such tensions have generated considerable political emotion not only in the Kashmir region but across the nation-states of India and Pakistan, which continue to resonate. To understand the historical roots of the Kashmir conflict and the passions it stirs in India (and Pakistan), we need to go back to the 1940s and

in Passionate politics
Sneha Krishnan

subjects of a rapidly changing polity. The political emotions that motivate them are quite disparate, anchored as they are in often divergent rationalities that reflect the complex ideational and material worlds they inhabit. Note 1 All personal names of my informants, as well as the names of specific institutions with which they were affiliated, are pseudonyms

in Passionate politics
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Theatre and the politics of engagement

This book is about science in theatre and performance. It explores how theatre and performance engage with emerging scientific themes from artificial intelligence to genetics and climate change. The book covers a wide range of performance forms from the spectacle of the Paralympics Opening Ceremony to Broadway musicals, from experimental contemporary performance and opera to educational theatre, Somali poetic drama and grime videos. It features work by pioneering companies including Gob Squad, Headlong Theatre and Theatre of Debate as well as offering fresh analysis of global blockbusters such as Wicked and Urinetown. The book offers detailed description and analysis of theatre and performance practices as well as broader commentary on the politics of theatre as public engagement with science. It documents important examples of collaborative practice with extended discussion of the Theatre of Debate process developed by Y Touring theatre company, exploration of bilingual theatre-making in East London and an account of how grime MCs and dermatologists ended up making a film together in Birmingham. The interdisciplinary approach draws on contemporary research in theatre and performance studies in combination with key ideas from science studies. It shows how theatre can offer important perspectives on what the philosopher of science Isabelle Stengers has called ‘cosmopolitics’. The book argues that theatre can flatten knowledge hierarchies and hold together different ways of knowing.

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A history of northern soul

This book is a social history of northern soul. It examines the origins and development of this music scene, its clubs, publications and practices, by locating it in the shifting economic and social contexts of the English midlands and north in the 1970s. The popularity of northern soul emerged in a period when industrial working-class communities were beginning to be transformed by deindustrialisation and the rise of new political movements around the politics of race, gender and locality. The book makes a significant contribution to the historiography of youth culture, popular music and everyday life in post-war Britain. The authors draw on an expansive range of sources including magazines/fanzines, diaries, letters, and a comprehensive oral history project to produce a detailed, analytical and empathetic reading of an aspect of working-class culture that was created and consumed by thousands of young men and women in the 1970s. A range of voices appear throughout the book to highlight the complexity of the role of class, race and gender, locality and how such identities acted as forces for both unity and fragmentation on the dance floors of iconic clubs such as the Twisted Wheel (Manchester), the Torch (Stoke-on-Trent), the Catacombs (Wolverhampton) and the Casino (Wigan).

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Jackie Stacey
Janet Wolff

example, Sara Ahmed, The Cultural Politics of Emotion; Lauren Berlant (ed.), Compassion: The Culture and Politics of an Emotion; Patricia Ticineto Clough, The ­Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social; Melissa Gregg and Gregory J. Seigworth (eds), The Affect Theory Reader; Sianne Ngai, Ugly Feelings; Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Adam Frank (eds), Shame and Its Sisters: A Silvan Tomkins Reader; Janet Staiger, Ann 11 Writing otherwise 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 ­ vetkovitch and Ann Reynolds (eds), Political Emotions; Kathleen Stewart, Ordinary C

in Writing otherwise
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Jessie Stephenson parachutes into Manchester
Jill Liddington

Such were the high political emotions swirling in early 1911, with Scott near the eye of the storms. It was at this point that the WSPU parachuted Jessie Stephenson into Manchester. Jessie Stephenson had a comfortable Edwardian family background. Now in her late thirties, with a clerical job in a barrister’s office, she already had three to four years’ experience of campaigning with the WSPU. Dressing well was paramount for Jessie: the night before the 1908 Hyde Park rally for which she was a marshal, she had prayed that her ‘white lacy muslin dress … and … a white

in Vanishing for the vote