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Adrian Curtin

5 The drama of dying in the early twentyfirst century Death and dying are hot topics in the early twenty-first century, though they have not lost their power to chill. As discussed in Chapter 3, the ‘death awareness movement’, which began in the mid-twentieth century, raised consciousness and advocated for transparency about issues relating to mortality. The hospice movement, led by Cecily Saunders in England in the 1960s, likewise advanced a patient-centred approach to care for the terminally ill. In the latter decades of the twentieth century, the

in Death in modern theatre
Jesús Tronch

as compared to editing other plays, and mainly to editing Shakespeare. And thirdly, editing this play in the early twenty-first century as set against the past, against previous editions, such as those by Edwards, Cairncross, Mulryne or Smith. Considering whether to edit or not to edit (and this is not a joke on Hamlet’s famous line) is not an idle question. In his

in Doing Kyd
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Power, resistance and identity in twenty-first-century Ireland
Series: Irish Society
Editors: Rosie Meade and Fiona Dukelow

This book analyses and critiques Irish society in the early twenty-first century, but seeks to do so by consciously avoiding myth-making and generalisation. It invites readers to revisit and rethink twelve events that span the years 2001-2009. It shows that all of these events reveal crucial intersections of structural power and resistance in contemporary Ireland. The book shows how the events carry traces of both social structure and human agency. They were shaped by overarching political, economic, social and cultural currents; but they were also responses to proposals, protests, advocacy and demands that have been articulated by a broad spectrum of social actors. The book also explores how power works ideologically and through policy instruments to support dominant models of capital accumulation. Identities are constructed at the interface between public policy, collective commitments and individual biographies. They mobilise both power and resistance, as they move beyond the realm of the personal and become focal points for debates about rights, responsibilities, resources and even the borders of the nation itself. The book suggests that conceptions of Irish identity and citizenship are being redrawn in more positive ways. Family is the cornerstone, the natural, primary and fundamental unit group of society. Marriage is the religious, cultural, commercial, and political institution that defines and embeds its values. The book presents a 2004 High Court case taken by Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan for legal recognition of their marriage as a same-sex couple, which had taken place a year previously in Canada.

Sean Healy and Victoria Russell

political propaganda, conspiracy theories, disinformation campaigns and hybrid warfare. This case of the MV Aquarius highlights the increasingly dangerous environment that humanitarians are now operating in in the early twenty-first century: meaning not the Mediterranean, but the emerging information space. If humanitarian organisations do not ready themselves for this space, they will find themselves in a world turned upside-down, in which their principles have no meaning

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Stages of mortality
Author: Adrian Curtin

This book provides an ambitious overview of how topics related to death and dying are explored in modern Western theatre, covering a time-span of over a hundred years and engaging multiple cultural contexts. In a series of micronarratives beginning in the late nineteenth century, this book considers how and why death and dying are represented at certain historical moments using dramaturgy and aesthetics that challenge audiences’ conceptions, sensibilities and sense-making faculties. Chapters focus on the ambiguous evocation of death in symbolist theatre; fantastical representations of death in plays about the First World War; satires of death denial in absurdist drama; ‘theatres of catastrophe’ after Auschwitz and Hiroshima; and drama about dying in the early twenty-first century. The book includes a mix of well-known and lesser-known plays and performance pieces from an international range of dramatists and theatre-makers. It offers original interpretations through close reading and performance analysis, informed by scholarship from diverse fields, including history, sociology and philosophy.It investigates the opportunities theatre affords to reflect on the end of life in a compelling and socially meaningful fashion. Written in a lively, accessible style, this book will be of interest to scholars of modern Western theatre and those interested in death studies.

The local and national contexts
Thomas Fetzer

This chapter outlines the contextual framework, within which German and British trade union politics at Ford and General Motors evolved between the late 1960s and the early twenty-first century. The chapter starts with a brief sketch of the post-war development of the British and German automobile industries, followed by a synthetic overview of the development of the two national industrial relations systems and the description of the specific trade

in Paradoxes of internationalization
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Late capitalism and the illegal drug trade in No Country for Old Men and The Counselor
Lydia R. Cooper

, and during what was likely the meridian of its arc as an economic empire. Both storylines also focus on a drug deal gone wrong, an ordinary man’s greed precipitating his path to damnation, overt and implicit discussions of greed, commodification of the natural world and of humans, and border crime policy. As indicated in Chapter 1 , No Country and The Counselor are not only similar in terms of plot; they are also McCarthy’s most explicit treatments of US economic policy in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Furthermore, both narratives are

in Cormac McCarthy
Boobs, blood and sacrifice
Hannah Priest

metaphor for adolescence. Nevertheless, tropes emerge in the 1980s that are developed in the fiction of the early twenty-first century, which seek to situate the negotiation of lycanthropy alongside the development of a young woman’s identity. This is, in many respects, grounded in a concept of corporeality, and of ‘hegemonic ideas about acceptable and unacceptable female bodies’. 3

in She-wolf
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Rosie Meade and Fiona Dukelow

, community groups and individuals across the state. They also exceptionalise the period, framing it as an extraordinary rupture with what went before; so that by some it is regarded as signifying the overdue abandonment of outmoded allegiances while for others there is nostalgia for the ‘purer’ or more authentic values of the past. This book analyses and critiques Irish society in the early twenty-first century, but seeks to do so by consciously avoiding myth-making and generalisation. Its authors, through a combination of rigorous theorisation and dedicated

in Defining events
Catherine Baker

-Bosniaks such as Sabina Selimović and Samra Kesinović for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), ethno-diaspora and ummah even overlapped (Franz 2015 : 10). 17 Compared with ethnonationalisms with decades of associational culture behind them, the collective identity of late-twentieth/early-twenty-first-century transnational jihadism was more incipient as a political identification yet similarly dependent on victimhood narratives as explanatory myths. Addressing its audience through a shared religious identity as Muslim, cutting across boundaries of ethnicity and race

in Race and the Yugoslav region