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Concept, text and culture

Sustainability is a notoriously fraught and slippery term, and yet one that is now well-established in mainstream usage across the contemporary world. While sustainability is widely discussed and theorised across range of disciplines, this book sets out to consider what innovations literary scholarship might bring to the sustainability debate, and indeed what sustainability as a concept might bring to literary scholarship. Putting forward a range of essays by leading and upcoming scholars, this book takes a non-prescriptive and critically reflective stance towards the problem of sustainability – a stance we describe as critical sustainability. Essays in this collection accordingly undertake a range of approaches, from applying tools of literary enquiry in order to interrogate sustainability’s paradoxes, to investigating the ways in which literature envisages sustainability or plays out its tropes. Overall, this book seeks to demonstrate how sustainability’s difficulties might open up a productive opportunity for interrogation and exploration of the kind that literary scholars and ecocritics are ideally placed to carry out.

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Methodological insights from ethnographic exits

This book is concerned with a central, yet overlooked, aspect of ethnographic fieldwork: leaving the field. Despite some useful treatments being available, this collection provides a current and critical sustained engagement with the practices, problems and possibilities of leaving the field. The collection generates methodological insights through the examination of a range of exits from a variety of contexts. The tales from leaving the field cover planned ‘good’ exits; abrupt and unwelcome exits where the researcher is forced to leave the field or, indeed, the field leaves them; ‘bad’ exits with a lingering legacy; partial exits and returns; and cases where the research, the researcher and the field are entangled to the extent where leaving becomes impossible. The chapters – written by an international and interdisciplinary group of fieldworkers, at different stages of their careers – are not intended to reduce leaving the field to a series of recommendations or programmatic steps but, instead, report from ethnographic exits in order to critically investigate, trouble and even subvert established notions of field relations, exit strategies and even ‘the field’ itself.

Ben Tonra

deliberate rejection of the more liberal and free-market approach then dominant in both Washington and London (Begg 2002 and House and McGrath 2004). The beginning of this process was also critically sustained by Fine Gael’s support for the minority government’s economic policy in the Dáil. Through this system a programme of moderate wage increases and tax and spending cuts was agreed. This significantly improved investor confidence in Irish economic management so that by the time the international environment was supportive of growth, the Irish economy was ideally placed

in Global citizen and European Republic
Erin Silver

only briefly dabbling in the history of artist-run centres in Canada, Amber Berson’s PhD dissertation provides a critical, sustained, and expansive examination of the history of feminist artist-run centres in Canada, engaging a utopian framework in considering issues of funding, structure, inclusion, diversity, and equity. See Amber Berson

in Taking place