Abbey, court and community 1525–1640
Author: J. F. Merritt

Early modern Westminster is familiar as the location of the Royal Court at Whitehall, parliament, the law courts and the emerging West End, yet it has never been studied in its own right. This book reveals the often problematic relations between the diverse groups of people who constituted local society - the Court, the aristocracy, the Abbey, the middling sort and the poor - and the competing visions of Westminster's identity which their presence engendered. There were four parishes in Westminster at the turn of the sixteenth century. The parishes of St Martin's and St Margaret's have been identified as two of only eighteen English parishes for which continuous and detailed parish records survive for the turbulent period 1535-1570. Differences in social organization, administrative structure and corporate life in the two parishes also provide a study in contrasts. These crucial differences partly shaped forms of lay piety in each parish as well as their very different responses to the religious reformations of Henry VIII and his children. The death of Henry VIII heralded important changes in Westminster. Most strikingly, however, this was a period of major religious change, in stark contrast to the piecemeal changes of Henry's reign. The dissolution of Westminster's abbey gave rise to special problems. The book examines individuals who wielded the most influence at the local government; as well as the social identity of these parish elites. Finally, it explores the interaction of religion with the social and political developments observed in the post-Reformation town.

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Jonathan Hearn

‘victims’, however much the people in this study seemed to be at the mercy of forces beyond their control. If, as argued in Chapter 5, constant change is part of the general ideology of modern corporate life, then we are confronted with a relatively constant ‘salvage situation’, a chronic instability of institutional orders and their associated cultures and identities. Nonetheless, there is a basic issue of studying something that was changing particularly rapidly at that time, and in some sense disappearing. This was clearly part of how my informants understood the

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Social and cultural modernity beyond the nation-state
Author: Shivdeep Grewal

German philosopher Jürgen Habermas has written extensively on the European Union. This is the only in-depth account of his project. Published now in a second edition to coincide with the celebration of his ninetieth birthday, a new preface considers Habermas’s writings on the eurozone and refugee crises, populism and Brexit, and the presidency of Emmanuel Macron.

Placing an emphasis on the conception of the EU that informs Habermas’s political prescriptions, the book is divided into two main parts. The first considers the unfolding of 'social modernity' at the level of the EU. Among the subjects covered are Habermas's concept of juridification, the latter's affinities with integration theories such as neofunctionalism, and the application of Habermas's democratic theory to the EU. The second part addresses 'cultural modernity' in Europe – 'Europessimism' is argued to be a subset of the broader cultural pessimism that assailed the project of modernity in the late twentieth century, and with renewed intensity in the years since 9/11.

Interdisciplinary in approach, this book engages with European/EU studies, critical theory, political theory, international relations, intellectual history, comparative literature, and philosophy. Concise and clearly written, it will be of interest to students, scholars and professionals with an interest in these disciplines, as well as to a broader readership concerned with the future of Europe

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Helena Chance

, west of London, blazed a trail in the late 1980s with their 160 acres of country park, golf course and offices with glazed atria harbouring indoor gardens. More recently, those technology and new media giants of the twenty-first century such as Apple and Google have made attractive pleasure gardens and allotments at their suburban campuses and city offices to stimulate the imagination and provide a retreat from conventional corporate life. Just like their luminary corporate counterparts of the early twentieth century, the new technology companies are now leading the

in The factory in a garden
Corporate life in a time of change 1525–47
J. F. Merritt

Chapter 1 Henrician Westminster: corporate life in a time of change 1525–47 HE decade of the 1530s was a tumultuous period for all of England. But for the town of Westminster and its parishes, in particular, this decade marked a decisive turning-point for many of its medieval institutions. A new and sumptuous royal residence was constructed in the very heart of the old vill of Westminster, and as the new Palace of Whitehall emerged, old buildings were demolished, parish boundaries were altered and forced royal purchases resulted in the seizure of large tracts of

in The social world of early modern Westminster
A managerial perspective
Peter McCullen and Colin Harris

. 33 Particularly changing work cultures. 34 For example, seminal works here are Peters and Waterman (1982) In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best Run Companies and Deal and Kennedy (1982) Corporate Cultures: The Rites and Rituals of Corporate Life

in The Third Way and beyond
Shivdeep Grewal

and scientific complexity of everyday life. As explained in chapter 4 , the aforementioned maladies are, along with the ‘withdrawal of legitimation’ more familiar to scholars of European integration, but three of those are spoken of by Habermas ( 1995 : 143) as outcomes of lifeworld colonisation. Together they add detail to Schmitter’s ( 2000 : 128) diagnosis of the ‘morbidity symptoms’ evident in contemporary European politics. 11 In its almost scientific detachment, Ballard’s unsettling depiction of European corporate life in

in Habermas and European integration
Shivdeep Grewal

almost scientific detachment, Ballard’s unsettling depiction of European corporate life in Super-Cannes (2000) is evocative of the observer perspective of systems theory. Elements of surrealism and scientific discourse are instantiated in the prose style and the decentred subjectivities of the protagonists, one of whom remarks coolly that once ‘you dispense with morality the important decisions become a matter of aesthetics’ (Ballard, 2000: 255), echoing Habermas’s warning against a comparable populist ‘aestheticization of politics’ (Duvenage, 2003: 63; Habermas, 1998c

in Habermas and European Integration (second edition)
Fathers from American Gothic to Point Pleasant
Julia M. Wright

point: the fifth season is dedicated to the more common cliché that modern corporate life and wealth are emasculating.) While corporate culture allegorically figures patriarchy, fathers are the absent cause of much that happens in both Buffy and Angel. 7 Fathers are strikingly absent from the screen in Buffy , as if the feminist script of the series can only empower women in the absence of a

in Men with stakes
Egalitarianism and elitism
John Carter Wood

interpret ‘the meaning, structure and evolution of the world as a whole’ were essential. 114 Oxford and Cambridge had long offered the right kind of education in their curricula and ‘corporate life’ but were too socially exclusive. 115 Conversely, the modern universities that taught the majority of students were more democratic but gave no idea of how to live life, failing to provide students with ‘compelling convictions’ amid the modern ‘chaos of values’. 116 Their curricula suggested faith could not contribute to ‘real’ knowledge or even to ethics. 117 In a ‘great

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