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British and German trade unions at Ford and General Motors 1967–2000
Author: Thomas Fetzer

Paradoxes of Internationalization deals with British and German trade union responses to the internationalization of corporate structures and strategies at Ford and General Motors between the late 1960s and the early twenty-first century. Based on research in more than a dozen archives in Britain, Germany and the United States, the book is unique in its attempt to bridge historical and contemporary approaches to the study of trade union politics in multinational firms. Conceptually, Paradoxes of Internationalization draws not only on the mainstream industrial relations literature but also on scholarship in comparative and international political economy, transnational history and nationalism studies.

The book points to the paradoxical effects of internationalization processes. First, it demonstrates how internationalization reinforced trade unions’ national identities and allegiances. Second, the book highlights that internationalization made domestic trade union practices more similar in some respects, while it simultaneously contributed to the re-creation of diversity between and within the two countries. Third, the book shows that investment competition was paradoxically the most important precondition for the emergence of cross-border cooperation initiatives although the interest-driven nature of these initiatives also limited their scope.

The parables of the Wedding Feast and Great Supper
Mary Raschko

Paradox formed into story 177 5 Paradox formed into story: the parables of the Wedding Feast and Great Supper Thus comparisunez Kryst þe kyndom of heuen To þis frelych feste þat fele arn to called; For alle arn laþed luflyly, þe luþer and þe better, Þat euer wern fulȝed in font, þat fest to haue. (Cleanness, 161–4)1 This final chapter returns to the parable of the Wedding Feast (Matt 22:1–14), a story fraught with contradictions, both within the narrative itself and in its relation to other Gospel stories. The Wedding Feast is a paradigmatic parable: it is

in The politics of Middle English parables
Derrida, Luhmann, Wiethölter
Gunther Teubner

grandiosity of law in the ruins Duncan Kennedy on Rudolf Wiethölter 1 I  Conflicts of laws under suspicion of paradox Twenty-five years ago, when the great paradoxologists of our times were still quite differently engaged

in Critical theory and legal autopoiesis
Richard Cleminson

1 The ‘paradox’ of anarchism and eugenics Introduction In 1933, the anarcho-pacifist Romanian intellectual Eugen Relgis explored the conundrum of humanitarianism as applied to eugenics in the Valenciabased anarchist cultural review Estudios.1 Could there be, the author asked, a community of interests or any compatibility between the philosophical and ethical concept of humanitarianism and the new science of eugenics? Relgis, active in the anti-war movement and a supporter of the Spanish Republic, certainly thought so. Nevertheless, his attempt to articulate a

in Anarchism and eugenics
Bryan D. Palmer

10 Paradox and the Thompson ‘School of Awkwardness’ Bryan D. Palmer E. P. Thompson offered to all who would listen many words on the complications crucial to understanding the past. He put this with the flourish of metaphorical simplicity in his The Poverty of Theory, proclaiming ‘History knows no regular verbs.’ By this he meant that In investigating history we are not flicking through a series of ‘stills’, each of which shows us a moment of social time transfixed into a single eternal pose: for each one of these ‘stills’ is not only a moment of being but also

in E. P. Thompson and English radicalism
Thomas Fetzer

nationalist rhetoric are assumed to be context specific and changing. It is further assumed that these appropriations reflect engrained, taken-for-granted ‘ideological habits’ (Billig, 1995 : 6), but also, to different degrees, more instrumental strategies to legitimize specific trade union interests. The chapter’s main argument is that internationalization – as exemplified in the cases of Ford and General Motors – can paradoxically reinforce rather than diminish

in Paradoxes of internationalization
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Inapplicability and necessity in Bosnia Herzegovina
Tanya Dramac Jiries

the Bosnian war, so the imminent danger lays precisely in that issue. Finally, there is little evidence to demonstrate how in fact the government is implementing the Strategy. Two annual reports do not reveal much more than regular meetings and conferences, and there has been no update on the implementation of the Action Plan. The paradox As demonstrated in the paragraphs above, the main paradox of the BiH CVE Strategy, aside from the necessity to protect its citizens while doing quite the opposite, is that it does not shelter its constituency from its most

in Encountering extremism
Thomas Fetzer

cooperation initiatives. Even the most successful EWCs, in Kotthoff’s words, ‘do not have a strong European identity . . . in the sense of strong affective bonds and collective feelings’ (2007: 174). Building on these insights and my own earlier work (Fetzer, 2008 , 2010b ), the chapter will argue that trade union cross-border cooperation in multinational firms from the late 1960s is best conceptualized as a paradox – the driving forces behind

in Paradoxes of internationalization
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Repetition, Innovation, and Hollywood‘s Hit Film Formula
Kathleen Loock

This article explores the rise of the Hollywood sequel in the 1970s and 1980s, analysing contemporary industrial and popular discourses surrounding the sequel, sequelisation, and film seriality. Drawing on recent sequel scholarship as well as a wide range of film examples and paratexts it examines how industry insiders, trade papers, and film critics tried to make sense of the burgeoning sequel trend. The ensuing discourses and cultural practices, this article argues, not only shaped the contexts of sequel production and reception at the time but also played into the movies‘ serialisation strategies and their increasingly self-referential manoeuvres.

Film Studies
Indigenous civil rights in nineteenth-century New Zealand, Canada and Australia
Patricia Grimshaw, Robert Reynolds, and Shurlee Swain

indigenous people constituted, or could have been thought to constitute, any threat to settler political dominance in Canada or Australia might seem far less obvious. Yet, here too, the place of indigenes in their national franchises was shaped by similar concerns: settlers acted out the paradox of independence and democracy for themselves, and marginalization or exclusion for

in Law, history, colonialism