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Author: Karen Fricker

This book explores the development of Robert Lepage’s distinctive approach to stage direction in the early (1984–94) and middle (1995–2008) stages of his career, arguing that globalisation had a defining effect in shaping his aesthetic and professional trajectory. It combines examination of Lepage’s theatremaking techniques with discussion of his work’s effects on audiences, calling on Lepage’s own statements as well as existing scholarship and critical response. In addition to globalisation theory, the book draws on cinema studies, queer theory, and theories of affect and reception. As such, it offers an unprecedented conceptual framework, drawing together what has previously been a scattered field of research. Each of six chapters treats a particular aspect of globalisation, using this as a means to explore one or more of Lepage’s productions. These aspects include the relationship of the local (in Lepage’s case, his background in Québec) to the global; the place of individual experience within global late modernity; the effects of screen media on human perception; the particular affect of ‘feeling global’; the place of branding in contemporary creative systems; and the relationship of creative industries to neoliberal economies. Making theatre global: Robert Lepage’s original stage productions will be of interest to scholars of contemporary theatre, advanced-level undergraduates with an interest in the application of theoretical approaches to theatrical creation and reception, and arts lovers keen for new perspectives on one of the most talked-about theatre artists of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Denis O’Hearn

recent plunge in Irish economic fortunes shows how vulnerable a neoliberal economy is to changes of global investment flows, it also shows that unregulated business behaviour can be a great source of economic instability during a time when a government clings to fiscal conservatism. The Celtic Tiger years, however, added a new element to this mix: rapidly rising inequality. As the economy grew after 1994, the government enjoyed rising revenues and budget surpluses despite its low tax rates. It faced a choice of spending its surplus on social programmes, particularly in

in Are the Irish different?
Stephen Greer

story of woe from my actual factual life and make it hilarious’ (Gadsby 2017). If Nanette ultimately defers laughter for a critique of anger, it may do so in active recognition of a complicity which exists between an audience and industry’s appetite for a particular kind of comedy, and Gadsby’s willingness –​if not desire –​to create it. This introductory chapter examines contemporary arts festivals as spaces which provide the most intense examples of the neoliberal economies within which solo performance is produced and consumed, and in which dynamics of self

in Queer exceptions
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Stephen Greer

are already more exposed than others to the threats of privation and violence. Though we might take seriously Foucault’s observation that ‘there is no binary and all-​encompassing opposition between rulers and ruled at the root of power relations, and serving as a general matrix’ (1978: 94), the solo performances encountered here provide an account of the still persistent hierarchies of value that contour the possible recognition of difference, and signal how such ordering is the intended outcome (rather than unfortunate side-​effect) of neoliberal economies

in Queer exceptions
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Multilateral channels, garden cities and colonial planning
Liora Bigon and Yossi Katz

that international competition today functions primarily as a mechanism for denationalising capital, the neoliberal economy is portrayed as a unifying and homogenising global project, leading among other things to conceptions of post-national citizenship. 5 In this view, cultural variations among nation states are not an important issue. Yet, as the urbanist John

in Garden cities and colonial planning
A Capability Approach based analysis from the UK and Ireland
Alma Clavin

, neoliberal economy. The CA and individualism A focus on individual wellbeing has been recognised and explored by a number of authors of the CA (e.g. Alkire, 2008; Robeyns, 2008). Robeyns (2008: 30) argues that the CA adopts what is called ‘ethical individualism’ in that individuals are the ultimate units of moral concern in evaluating wellbeing. In this way, the concerns See the Human Development and Capability Association website (www.hd-​ which details thematic groups using various methodological approaches for the greater understanding of human capabilities

in Urban gardening and the struggle for social and spatial justice
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Surveillance and transgender bodies in a post-9/ 11 era of neoliberalism
Christine Quinan

‘bad’ (or deviant) citizen/subject actually defines the conditions of possibility of the ‘good’ (or normative) citizen/subject. In this process, certain once-outcast identities have been seduced by the neoliberal economy and assimilated into normative notions of belonging. For example, regarding the notion of sexual citizenship, David Bell and Jon Binnie ( 2000 : 204) discuss how gay and lesbian rights

in Security/ Mobility
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Defining a genre
Ben Lamb

foundations gradually stripped away by incumbent prime ministers. Harold Wilson introduced earnings-related contributions in 1966, Edward Heath introduced increased means-testing in 1973, and Margaret Thatcher removed the Government’s commitment to full employment by 1986 in favour of a globalised neoliberal economy underpinned by individual entrepreneurship. 2 Analogously, the police series has

in You’re nicked
Brian Elliott

sufficient client base with spending power to purchase such goods. Given the general tendency of the neoliberal economy to produce patterns of starkly uneven distribution, however, most will place price before quality in order to meet their day-to-day material needs. While the political visions of Marx and Morris each have their problems, it is a common underlying principle that interests me here: worker-controlled production . While wealthy liberal democracies now boast better educated populations than at any previous period, the average worker has seldom been so

in The roots of populism
Antigoni Memou

that of Dijkstra and Ruff – and the result is not an isolated and powerless subject, whose image is just another commodity subject to the same logic of the market that all the commodities in the contemporary neoliberal economy undergo. In direct contrast to the Dijkstra’s and Ruff’s large format portraits destined to meet the requirements of the contemporary museum logic, Sternfeld chose medium-size prints juxtaposed with text for the exhibition, replicating the same format of his book. The specificity of the subjects’ statements, which bring to the fore concerns

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