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This book focuses on the drama and poetry published since 1990. It also reflects upon related forms of creative work in this period, including film and the visual and performing arts. The book discusses some of the most topical issues which have emerged in Irish theatre since 1990. It traces the significance of the home in the poetry of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Vona Groarke. The book also focuses on the reconfigurations of identity, and the complex intersections of nationality, gender and race in contemporary Ireland. It shows how Roddy Doyle's return to the repressed gives articulation to those left behind by globalisation. The book then examines the ways in which post-Agreement Northern fiction negotiates its bitter legacies. It also examines how the activity of creating art in a time of violence brings about an anxiety regarding the artist's role, and how it calls into question the ability to re-present atrocity. The book further explores the consideration of politics and ethics in Irish drama since 1990. It talks about the swirling abundance of themes and trends in contemporary Irish fiction and autobiography. The book shows that writing in the Irish Republic and in the North has begun to accommodate an increasing diversity of voices which address themselves not only to issues preoccupying their local audiences, but also to wider geopolitical concerns.

The vicious cycle of institutionalised racism and reinforcing the Muslim ‘Other’
Tahir Abbas

English encounters with Muslim-majority lands from the Crusades, colonial occupations, and most recently the War on Terror, provide a foundation for a nuanced understanding of current-day anti-Muslim racism in the United Kingdom (UK) – i.e., Islamophobia. In the context of the War on Terror, ‘Others’ – Muslims in Britain – have been brutally demonised. Muslims, routinely presented as the source of society’s ills, are subjected to both symbolic and actual violence. Deep-seated and structurally racialised norms amplify the isolation and alienation, impeding Muslim integration. Both these ‘left-behind’ Muslims and white British groups, who perceive themselves as the true nation, are under pressure from ongoing geopolitical concerns in the Muslim world, as well as widening divisions at home. This chapter discusses the symbiotic intersections between interpersonal and institutional Islamophobia and radicalisation, which have fuelled the growth of nativist and populist anti-Muslim protest movements, as well as sanitised state policies and legislation policing the Muslim subject under the guise of national security and curbing ‘extremism’ in the War on Terror. Ultimately, the perpetuation of interpersonal and structural Islamophobia in the UK and beyond creates a cycle of hate crimes, the institutionalisation of Islamophobia, and the normalisation of war and conflict.

in The rise of global Islamophobia in the War on Terror
Challenges and opportunities

This book explores the evolving African security paradigm in light of the multitude of diverse threats facing the continent and the international community today and in the decades ahead. It challenges current thinking and traditional security constructs as woefully inadequate to meet the real security concerns and needs of African governments in a globalized world. The continent has becoming increasingly integrated into an international security architecture, whereby Africans are just as vulnerable to threats emanating from outside the continent as they are from home-grown ones. Thus, Africa and what happens there, matters more than ever. Through an in-depth examination and analysis of the continent’s most pressing traditional and non-traditional security challenges—from failing states and identity and resource conflict to terrorism, health, and the environment—it provides a solid intellectual foundation, as well as practical examples of the complexities of the modern African security environment. Not only does it assess current progress at the local, regional, and international level in meeting these challenges, it also explores new strategies and tools for more effectively engaging Africans and the global community through the human security approach.

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American horror comics as Cold War commentary and critique

Printing Terror places horror comics of the mid-twentieth century in dialogue with the anxieties of their age. It rejects the narrative of horror comics as inherently and necessarily subversive and explores, instead, the ways in which these texts manifest white male fears over America’s changing sociological landscape. It examines two eras: the pre-CCA period of the 1940s and 1950s, and the post-CCA era to 1975. The authors examine each of these periods through the lenses of war, gender, and race, demonstrating that horror comics are centred upon white male victimhood and the monstrosity of the gendered and/or racialised other. It is of interest to scholars of horror, comics studies, and American history. It is suitably accessible to be used in undergraduate classes.

Elena Atanassova-Cornelis

interests between the partners, as well as that is multidimensional in terms of substance and scope (Reiterer, 2013). The following discussion first explores the mutual perceptions and the respective motivations of Europe and Japan for deepening their engagement since the early 1990s. It then examines the present geopolitical concerns of Tokyo and Brussels, as well as the opportunities and constraints for enhancing the bilateral security ties. This is followed by an overview since the 2000s of the EU–Japan summit agenda and the main areas of the bilateral security co

in The European Union in the Asia-Pacific
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Religious legitimacy and the foreign policies of Saudi Arabia and Iran
Lucia Ardovini

lenses used to unpack the ongoing struggle for competing legitimacies, ranging from sectarian discourses, soft power, geopolitical concerns and proxy warfare. Yet, the role that Islam plays in shaping the domestic and international competition between these two powers, beyond a sectarian rhetoric, remains largely understudied. This is partially due to the competing branches of Islam embedded in the social and political fabric of these countries, but its relevance goes way beyond the Sunni vs Shia schism. In fact, Saudi Arabia and Iran

in Saudi Arabia and Iran
Fern Elsdon-Baker

often the least likely to have a voice in public science or education policy. Moreover, they are seldom seen as an important or primary audience for science communication initiatives. Lumping together these important – yet often complex and nuanced – moral, social, political and geopolitical concerns with what are caricatured as extreme fundamentalist religious positions inhibits us from building a better understanding of what might be at play when people say they reject evolution. Little or no data have been systematically collected across publics to discern how

in Science and the politics of openness
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The Republic and Northern Ireland since 1990
Michael Parker

Irish Republic and in the North has begun to accommodate an increasing diversity of voices which address themselves not only to issues preoccupying their local audiences, but also to wider geopolitical concerns, particularly since 11 September 2001 and the outbreak of the war in Iraq in 2003. One of many manifestations of this growing global consciousness was an anthology entitled Irish Writers Against War, published by Conor Kostick and Katherine Moore, which brought together writers from both sides of the border to deprecate the proposed invasion as ‘not

in Irish literature since 1990
Towards a critical turn?
Yongjin Zhang

’s geopolitical concerns, is incapable of dealing with new sources of contemporary threats and insecurity. And the other is that ‘non-traditional threats can imperil China’s security environment and strike China’s vital interests in social stability, national unity, and economic development’ ( Deng and Moore, 2004 : 128). On the extensive security agenda, as it is generally agreed now

in Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific
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Bengal, Vietnam and transnational solidarities in Utpal Dutt’s Invincible Vietnam
Abin Chakraborty

Democratic Republic as Unbesiegbares Vietnam on 7 March 1967. 37 Such performances in communist countries further highlight how the cultures of decolonisation became tied up with the geopolitical concerns of the Cold War. What is ironic, of course, is the fact that many of the former communist regimes, which used the Vietnam struggle to consolidate anti-US propaganda, often

in Cultures of decolonisation