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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
Rehana Ahmed

’s police force ­‘institutionally racist’, can be seen as a significant marker of this shift.6 While Thatcher’s politics combined an exclusionary, racialised British nationalism with an economic neoliberalism, New Labour integrated multiculturalism into a neoliberal economy, and cultural difference and hybridity became exploitable commodities in a globalised marketplace. Thus British subjects could be individualised and equalised, regardless of their racial or cultural affiliation, while their structural position within society, shaped partially by their racial or

in Writing British Muslims
Religion, class and multiculturalism

This book aims to bring together a materialist, class-based analysis with a recognition of the role of cultural, including religious, difference in stratifying society and marginalising certain - especially Muslim - members of society. It explores the relationship between class and minority religious identity while advocating a positive recognition of cultural and religious difference in the public sphere as a means of working against its unevenness and challenging this stratification, marginalisation and stigmatisation. By combining a materialist approach with a recognition of the significance of religious faith, the book also sutures the political and the religious, the public and the private. The book seeks to reframe the literary controversies involving Britain's Muslim minority. Focusing on the 1988-89 Satanic Verses controversy and the dispute surrounding Monica Ali's 2003 novel Brick Lane and its filming in 2006, as well as on protests by Muslims against H. G. Wells's A Short History of the World in 1930s Britain, Writing British Muslims grounds these outbreaks of religious minority offence in their local material conditions. By highlighting the unequal access to spatial, economic and cultural capital that shaped them, it complicates the normative representations of such disputes in terms of creative freedom and religious censure and censorship.

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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
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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Debt, discipline and humanitarian pretension
Christian Rossipal

be seen as separate from the national prison-industrial complex, nor from the global neoliberal economy. This entanglement between immigrant detention, the state and the market is related to debt in multiple ways. After the mortgage crisis of 2008 it became more widely known that speculation on consumer debt has been central to intensified financialization in the neoliberal era. What is less often pointed out is the way that debt is deeply intertwined with discipline. While we might associate the neoliberal paradigm with a general deregulation

in The entangled legacies of empire
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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