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James L. Newell

6 Political corruption and scandal Introduction In the last chapter we considered the relationship between political corruption and organised crime. Thanks to the close connection between the two concepts, ‘organised crime’ and ‘corruption’ are often confused with one another or used interchangeably. This also seems to be the case with the concepts of ‘corruption’ and ‘scandal’. Yet the two are different. Corruption is by definition an illegitimate activity and therefore likely to remain hidden. Therefore, you can have corruption without scandal simply because

in Corruption in contemporary politics
Mia-Marie Hammarlin

2 Gossip, rumour, and scandals In this part of the book, the analysis of the relationship between the interpersonal and the mediated dimension of the public scandal is deepened.1 The preceding chapter made it clear that these dimensions are more or less interwoven, a circumstance to which media researchers have not paid a great deal of attention because they have, as a rule, chosen to focus on the media themselves, employing a narrow definition of the ‘media’ concept. In order to acquire an idea of the inherent mechanisms of the scandal phenomenon, the focus in

in Exposed
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Gary James

202 The emergence of footballing cultures 9 Scandal and rights Scandal The long-­term impact of the 1904 FA Cup success was demonstrated by the increase in footballing activity in Manchester, with participation, competitions and the number of teams growing and attendances developing. Crowd figures fluctuated, but Manchester City became the best-­supported club in the Football League in 1910–11 and 1914–15 and remained a major crowd puller into the present.1 The successes gained in football and the subsequent homecoming in 1904 were reported as all

in The emergence of footballing cultures
Samantha A. Shave

 197 5 Policies from scandal Why, Sir, until you passed this New Poor Law, the poor were ready to shed their blood to defend their country. They are now compelled to sacrifice their liberty to save their lives. William Ferrand MP, 1847 The Poor Law Commission was granted a five-​year extension in 1842, but was left to expire in 1847. In its short life, the Commission was beset with countless problems, from poor administration to the abuse of the poor themselves. These were listed at length by opponents of the New Poor Law, including the Tory MP William Ferrand

in Pauper policies
Gabriel Moshenska

centred around Spiked magazine. The purpose of this chapter is to examine the methods and manners of the cynical scandal-mongers, most notably their powerful and sadistic hatred of students. What is a trigger warning and why do they trigger the right? Trigger warnings were originally a part of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions, based on the recognition that specific ‘triggers’ such as smells and sounds can induce flashbacks and panic attacks. More recently, the term ‘trigger warning’ has expanded to encompass what I would

in The free speech wars
Sex and mental illness
Will Jackson

sources: as long as sex was troublesome or taboo it most often took place in secret and guardians of colonial morality no less than those who undermined it had much to gain from keeping scandal covered up. In this regard, the dual endeavour – to prevent and to conceal transgressive sexual unions - operated in sync, to deny disruptions to the colonial order of things in appearance if not in actual fact. 10

in Madness and marginality
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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Julian Mitchell’s Another Country
Jonathan Bolton

This chapter serves as the centerpiece of the monograph, as the success of Mitchell’s play and its subsequent film version in 1984 established the literary and theatrical appeal of the Cambridge spies. In the play, Mitchell explores Burgess’s formative public-school years in an effort to suggest how and why a young man of privilege and promise eventually betrayed his country, with a particular focus on Guy Bennett’s homosexuality, how that sexuality is both abided and punished according to public-school traditions, and how such internalized, secretive and self-regulating forms of institutional behavior shape the British establishment and sometimes encourage fascism. The chapter also examines how Mitchell refashions Guy Burgess into a disaffected countercultural icon, downplaying his unappealing traits and transferring his Marxist priggishness to another schoolboy, Tommy Judd. Mitchell forges his protagonist’s raffish appeal by casting a succession of charismatic actors (Rupert Everett, Colin Firth and Daniel Day-Lewis) to play Bennett, and martyrs him by dramatizing what Didier Fassin classifies as a “retributivist” form of punishment designed to expiate or erase actions deemed to be wrong, as well as to “differentiate” (in Foucault’s terms) the punisher from the prohibited acts to which he himself is prone. This chapter examines the ways in which Mitchell’s representation of homosexuality in the English public schools, and by extension in a society that criminalizes it, compels stealthy modes of courtship—encoded gestures and language, oaths of secrecy, and clandestine meetings—constitutes an apprenticeship in espionage.

in The Blunt Affair
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Living with scandal, rumour, and gossip

This book illuminates the personal experience of being at the centre of a media scandal. The existential level of that experience is highlighted by means of the application of ethnological and phenomenological perspectives to extensive empirical material drawn from a Swedish context. The questions raised and answered in this book include the following: How does the experience of being the protagonist in a media scandal affect a person’s everyday life? What happens to routines, trust, and self-confidence? How does it change the basic settings of his or her lifeworld?

The analysis also contributes new perspectives on the fusion between interpersonal communication that takes place face to face, such as gossip and rumours, and traditional news media in the course of a scandal. A scandal derives its momentum from the audiences, whose engagement in the moral story determines its dissemination and duration. The nature of that engagement also affects the protagonist in specific ways. Members of the public participate through traditional oral communication, one vital aspect of which is activity in digital, social forums.

The author argues that gossip and rumour must be included in the idea of the media system if we are to be able to understand the formation and power of a media scandal, a contention which entails critiques of earlier research. Oral interpersonal communication does not disappear when new communication possibilities arise. Indeed, it may be invigorated by them. The term news legend is introduced, to capture the entanglement between traditional news-media storytelling and oral narrative.

The Aid Industry and the ‘Me Too’ Movement
Charlotte Lydia Riley

the desires of the global north ( Lemma, 2018 ; Kagumire, 2018 ; Nabumira, 2018 ). Indeed, the public conversation around the 2018 Oxfam scandal on Twitter was shaped by Mary Beard, the Oxford classicist, musing that ‘I do wonder how hard it must be to sustain “civilised” values in a disaster zone’; after she was criticised for seemingly excusing the rape and abuse of women and girls in Haiti, she posted a picture of herself crying with the statement that ‘I am

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs