With reference to films such as The Terror Experiment (2010) and Osombie (2012), this paper explores the figure of the zombie terrorist, a collectively othered group that is visually identifiable as not us and can be slaughtered with impunity. In cinematic treatments, the zombie terrorist operates within a collectivity of zombies, erasing the possibility of individuality when the transformation from human to zombie takes place. The zombie terrorist signifies otherness in relation to selfhood, and is characterised by a mind/body split. Emerging from the grave in the archetypal zombie primal scene, this reanimated corpse is undead in its animate corporeality coupled with a loss of all mental faculties. The erasure of individual identity and memory along with broader human characteristics such as empathy or willpower coincides with the zombie terrorist s physical movement and action.
This study maps the influence of the Gothic mode in the Czech postmodern prose,
especially in the novels published at the turn of the millennium: it primarily
concerns books by Václav Vokolek, Miloš Urban and Jan Jandourek.
Through analyticalinterpretative probes into these texts are demonstrated the
main possibilities of the Gothic mode and consequences of its implementation in
the contemporary Czech literature: distortion of the perspective and blurring of
the individual identity, instability of the setting, expression of
civilizational and existential fears. The study illustrates capturing of the key
Gothic themes in the analyzed works of fiction and also the specific
transformation and modification of these topics within individual author
poetics. Special attention is particularly given to specifics of the setting,
often combining typical Gothic topoi, which may be part of seriously intended
opposition of the sacral and the profane, or they can also be presented as
exposed cliché sceneries.
While there is widespread agreement across disciplines that the identities of individuals, groups and places are significantly interrelated, there are equally divergent views as to the nature and origins of those relationships. The first part of the book highlights that the prime importance of the human body in spatial cognition and human perception generally. In stressing the fundamental role of the body as the medium of all personal experience, the concept of the self that emerges thus far retains a strong unitary core. An alternative theory of extended minds which retains the integrity of individual human agents while embracing the extension of personal powers by external devices is also discussed. The second part looks at the scope of inquiry to take in the wider impact of technology on human evolution and the extended self. Selected writings from some of Stiegler's prominent followers and critics were also examined for what they contribute to our understanding of Stiegler's ideas and their possible further applications. He and his followers continue to fall back upon neo-Darwinian concepts and terminologies in elaborating their ideas. Theories of emergence and self-production, or autopoiesis, are investigated as promising alternatives to orthodox evolutionary theory. The subject of design, function of memes, impacts of the coevolution of humankind and technology on the human mind and the self are some other concepts discussed. The third part of the book focuses talk about cognitive roots of classification and combinativity, the relations between form and content, and vernacular architecture.
Individualist trajectories: social worlds
and cultural positionings
Introduction and data collection method
In this chapter I will discuss, in part, the ﬁndings of the empirical study
I carried out with young people of North African origin from SeineSaint-Denis. While this chapter focuses on the notion of individualidentity, Chapters 5–7 deal with collective and subjective modes of
identiﬁcation. From September 2000 to September 2001, and then in
2003–2004 and 2007, sixty-six young people aged between sixteen and
thirty-one were interviewed (the majority
remains useful because it can be extended and developed further to
apply to the construction of identity in a wider sense. It is for this reason
that in Chapters 4–7 it will generally be referred to as the ‘triangle of
identity’ as it is not my aim to focus on the nature of ethnicity.
The triangle of ethnicity, as deﬁned by Wieviorka, corresponds to
different aspects of an individual’s identity. Wieviorka identiﬁes the
three poles of the triangle as follows: individualidentity and universal
values; community identity (e.g. religious identity, communautarisme);
limited to clothing, however widely interpreted, but consists of the whole complex cultivation of both conduct and environment, from all the visible and audible elements of individualidentity to the created physical environment which its members inhabit. Clothing and diet, language and architecture, all are part of the plumage of humans, which, being chosen and cultivated as well as given and received, can say even more than the plumage of the ostrich or the coot, since it is part of the cultivation of an identity which differentiates one society from another, one
Byron’s connection with Italy is one of the most familiar facts about British Romanticism. A considerable portion of his legend is linked to his many pronouncements about the country (where he lived between 1816 and 1823), its history, culture and people, as well as about his own experiences in Italy and among Italians. Offering new insights into Byron’s relation to Italy, this volume is concerned with the real, historical ‘Anglo-Italian’ Byron, and his ‘almost Italianness’ as a poet. Its essays bring together different critical perspectives to take the pulse of current debates and open up new lines of enquiry into this crucial theme in Byron Studies and Romantic-era Studies more widely. In doing so, they explore how Byron’s being in Italy affected his sense of his own individual identity and of the labile nature of the self. It affected his politics – both in theory and in practice – and, of course, his whole development as a writer of lyrics, dramas, narratives, satires and letters. Moreover, the essays show how Italy affected, changed and informed Byron’s thinking about matters far beyond Italy itself. As the book shows, the poet’s relation to the country and its culture was complicated by a pervasive dialectic between familiarity and distance, and thus neither stable nor consistent. For this reason, among many others, the topic of ‘Byron and Italy’ remains an endless source of intellectual, literary, historical and existential fascination.
The example of Oppression!!! The Appeal of Captain Perry to the People
of England (1795)
This chapter explores the tensions between individual identity and the
collective whole raised both by and within the self-defence testimonies
published by radical activists in the French revolutionary era. The
particular focus is on a pamphlet published in 1795 by radical editor,
Sampson Perry. What is emphasised through this study is the need felt by
radical reformers to reassert their individual agency in a climate of
persecution. Yet not only did radicals redefine their own sense of self, but
they portrayed their individual causes as inseparable from the good of the
community. Hence self-defence tracts and speeches were also a way of
mobilising support for wider political reform at a time when open criticism
of existing institutions could lead to prosecution. Finally, Perry’s direct
address to his fellow citizens can be seen as performing some of the changes
that reformers hoped to see adopted in the country at large, namely an
unmediated form of democratic control of government and a heightened role
for the people in decision-making.
The final chapter looks more closely at Feenberg’s ‘instrumentalisation theory’, in which he defines technology in terms of two moments: a primary instrumentalisation that forces objects out of their natural settings to foreground their useful properties, and a secondary one that uses symbolisation processes to facilitate their cultural incorporation, making it possible for them to be used. The interaction of these two dimensions varies between historical civilisations, so that capitalist industrialism, for example, narrows secondary instrumentalisation around the singular value of efficiency, while other cultures decorate their tools and associate them with social functions that may be associated with individual identities and more or less esteemed. Feenberg presents this distinction as a framework for envisaging how technology might be transformed in the future; to set out what we might think of as the ‘historical essence’ of technology. Drawing on the argument of previous chapters, the chapter concludes by suggesting that, while he takes a significant step towards accommodating utopian projection within Marxian theory of technology, Feenberg could be more ambitious in thinking through some of the ramifications of the alternative ‘concretisations’ implied by this theory. The idea of technologically authorised socialism is advanced as a way to start addressing this.
In 1960–62, a large number of white autochthonous parents in Southall became very concerned that the sudden influx of largely non-Anglophone Indian immigrant children in local schools would hold back their children’s education. It was primarily to placate such fears that ‘dispersal’ (or ‘bussing’) was introduced in areas such as Southall and Bradford, as well as to promote the integration of mostly Asian children. It consisted in sending busloads of immigrant children to predominantly white suburban schools, in an effort to ‘spread the burden’. This form of social engineering went on until the early 1980s. This book, by mobilising local and national archival material as well as interviews with formerly bussed pupils in the 1960s and 1970s, reveals the extent to which dispersal was a flawed policy, mostly because thousands of Asian pupils were faced with racist bullying on the playgrounds of Ealing, Bradford, etc. It also investigates the debate around dispersal and the integration of immigrant children, e.g. by analysing the way some Local Education Authorities (Birmingham, London) refused to introduce bussing. It studies the various forms that dispersal took in the dozen or so LEAs where it operated. Finally, it studies local mobilisations against dispersal by ethnic associations and individuals. It provides an analysis of debates around ‘ghetto schools’, ‘integration’, ‘separation’, ‘segregation’ where quite often the US serves as a cognitive map to make sense of the English situation.