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An international political economy of work

Bringing fresh insights to the contemporary globalization debate, this text reveals the social and political contests that give ‘global’ its meaning, by examining the contested nature of globalization as it is expressed in the restructuring of work. The book rejects conventional explanations of globalization as a process that automatically leads to transformations in working lives, or as a project that is strategically designed to bring about lean and flexible forms of production, and advances an understanding of the social practices that constitute global change. Through case studies that span from the labour flexibility debates in Britain and Germany to the strategies and tactics of corporations and workers, it examines how globalization is interpreted and experienced in everyday life and argues that contestation has become a central feature of the practices that enable or confound global restructuring.

Colonial cultures of sport and diplomacy in Afghanistan, 1919–49
Maximilian Drephal

Colonial cultures of sport and diplomacy in Afghanistan 89 5 Contesting independence: colonial cultures of sport and diplomacy in Afghanistan, 1919–49 Maximilian Drephal Introduction: Afghanistan’s independence celebrations Afghanistan became independent in 1919, and the Afghan state commemorated the moment of statal independence and the making of an Afghan nation during weeklong celebrations in each following year, staging military parades, organising cultural programmes and hosting sports competitions. Amir Amanullah Khan established the festivities

in Sport and diplomacy
Vicki Squire
Nina Perkowski
Dallal Stevens
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Nick Vaughan-Williams

European Commission to have weaknesses and failures of interstate mutual trust (European Commission, 2015b : 12), yet that nevertheless remains central to its interpretation and implementation of protection. This chapter addresses the EU's humanitarian narrative of crisis and its approach to asylum and protection by exploring the journey and arrival of people on the move as a continued search for peace and safety. It draws on our counter-archive of migratory testimonies, to contest the many limitations of European asylum and protection policies. The

in Reclaiming migration
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The restructuring of work and production in the international political economy
Louise Amoore

5 The ‘contested’ firm: the restructuring of work and production in the international political economy no involuntary changes have ever spontaneously restructured or reorganised a mode of production; … changes in productive relationships are experienced in social and cultural life, refracted in men’s ideas and their values, and argued through in their actions, their choices and their beliefs. (Thompson, 1976/1994: 222) T he desire to comprehend, order and manage the dual dynamics of globalisation and restructuring has led to much attention being paid to the

in Globalisation contested
The search for a place vision after the ‘troubles’
William J. V. Neill
Geraint Ellis

M1426 - COULTER TEXT.qxp:GRAHAM Q7 17/7/08 08:01 Page 88 5 Spatial planning in contested territory: the search for a place vision after the ‘troubles’ William J. V. Neill and Geraint Ellis The purpose of this chapter is to review the history of strategic spatial policy in post-partition Northern Ireland. The principal focus of the chapter falls on developments since the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, especially in relation to the vision of regional planning as a whole and physical image enhancement of the ‘post-conflict’ city of Belfast in particular. The

in Northern Ireland after the troubles
Michael John Law

6 Negotiating modernity – Beautification and contestation T he incursion of the city into former countryside became a key element in the contestation that occurred between planner/preservationists and the relatively uncontrolled developments of the speculative builder.1 This was an example of the broader contest between the unconstrained capitalism that so typified the nineteenth century and the planning agenda forged during the First World War.2 It was heightened by the apparent failure of the capitalist system in the depression of 1929 and onwards and the

in The experience of suburban modernity
Catholic women religious in nineteenth-century England and Wales

Roman Catholic women's congregations are an enigma of nineteenth century social history. Over 10,000 women, establishing and managing significant Catholic educational, health care and social welfare institutions in England and Wales, have virtually disappeared from history. In nineteenth-century England, representations of women religious were ambiguous and contested from both within and without the convent. This book places women religious in the centre of nineteenth-century social history and reveals how religious activism shaped the identity of Catholic women religious. It is devoted to evolution of religious life and the early monastic life of the women. Catholic women were not pushed into becoming women religious. On the basis of their available options, they chose a path that best suited their personal, spiritual, economic and vocational needs. The postulancy and novitiate period formed a rite of passage that tested the vocation of each aspirant. The book explores the religious activism of women religious through their missionary identity and professional identity. The labour of these women was linked to their role as evangelisers. The book deals with the development of a congregation's corporate identity which brought together a disparate group of women under the banner of religious life. It looks specifically at class and ethnicity and the women who entered religious life, and identifies the source of authority for the congregation and the individual sister.

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Democratic conflict and the public university
Ruth Sheldon

1 Contested framings: democratic conflict and the public university In April 2012, the annual NUS conference was dominated by a confrontation between the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) and pro-​Palestine activists. Commenting on this in the Jewish Chronicle, a Jewish student activist took the opportunity to raise a familiar rhetorical question: ‘What I do not understand is this: why the problems in the Middle East, and in particular the Palestinian cause, continually gain so much attention within the arena of student politics?’ (Carroll 2012). By questioning

in Tragic encounters and ordinary ethics
The Hull Trades Council, 1872–1914
Yann Béliard

4 Contested coordinator: the Hull Trades Council, 1872–1914* Yann Béliard Introduction Trades Councils are prominent actors in all general histories of the labour movement: the foundation of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in 1868 owed a lot to the initiative of the London Trades Council founded half a century before in 1818; and by the 1880s, there were more than one hundred of them across Britain. Because they constituted, outside of the TUC, the only bodies uniting workers beyond sectional barriers, Trades Councils – often called Trades and Labour Councils

in Labour united and divided from the 1830s to the present
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The Veda as an alternative to the Bible
Dorothy Figueira

transparent of mythologies, the inventors of the most subtle philosophy, and the givers of the most elaborate laws. 64 In the contest between Sanskrit and Hebrew, it was necessary for Sanskrit to prevail. To do so, Müller first demoted Hebrew from its position as the Ursprache . 65 Next, he sought to isolate Sanskrit from any filiation with Hebrew. The

in Chosen peoples