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Victoria Kelley

People  4  People One way of understanding London’s street markets is to know about the people who ran them: with a retail form as light on the ground and as impermanent as a street market, its character is determined as much by its people as by barrows, stalls and goods on sale. As elsewhere in this book, Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and the London Poor is a natural starting point. Mayhew famously (notoriously) commenced his investigation with an anthropologically inflected description of ‘Wandering Tribes’, citing various ethnographic sources, and several

in Cheap Street
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Popular sovereignty from Machiavelli to modernity

People power explores the history of the theory and practice of popular power. Western thinking about politics has two fundamental features: popular power in practice is problematic and nothing confers political legitimacy except popular sovereignty. This book explains how we got to our current default position in which rule of, for and by the people is simultaneously a practical problem and a received truth of politics. The book asks readers to think about how appreciating that history shapes the way we think about the people’s power in the present. Drawn from the disciplines of history and political theory, the essayists in this volume engage in a mutually informing conversation about popular power. They conclude that the problems which first gave rise to popular sovereignty remain simultaneously compelling, unresolved and worthy of further attention.

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brave and heroic. Individuals and groups engaged with narratives of the ‘people's war’ and used this rhetoric to explain their particular value, as well as to assert their national identity. These narratives were developed in everyday life, through conversations at work and in writing for collaboratively produced local civil defence magazines such as The Listening Post . And this environment not only shaped understandings and experiences of the conflict for civil defence personnel, it also enabled them to actively refashion dominant cultural narratives and national

in Creating the people’s war
Tom Woodin

Young people’s writing 35 2  Young people’s writing In the 1970s and 1980s, the work of radical schoolteachers and young people centred upon personal expression. Stepney Words reverberated far beyond the school walls throughout society and many other publications followed in its wake. Specifically, it was London, where high numbers of teachers were concentrated within a very diverse context, that provided the focal point for children’s writing. Networks of educators, enthused by a love of literature, worked according to the idea that the lives of pupils were

in Working-class writing and publishing in the late twentieth century
Laura Cahillane

7 The people’s Constitution This Constitution should be prized by the people. It was won in toil, in danger, and in stress. It was negotiated on the cliff’s edge, and it gives to Ireland the care of her own household. It puts into the hands of the Irish people the making and moulding, and the amending or repealing of their own laws. It gives them full fiscal control; it gives them power to develop in peace and reconstruction towards the fullness of National life.1 Introduction While it may not be known for it, one of the principal aims of the 1922 Constitution

in Drafting the Irish Free State Constitution
Simon James Morgan

On 1 October 1841, the Nottingham Review and General Advertiser ran the following advertisement: ‘The time will soon arrive when the People’s Champion, the fearless, the invincible O’Connor, will visit your locality – the man whom the people delight to honor will soon be amongst you, and with a voice of thunder make despots tremble for their cause, and the toiling millions rise from their lethargy, determined to shake off the galling chains of slavery.’ The notice went on to enumerate O’Connor’s credentials for this role: ‘Working Men and Women! remember that

in Celebrities, heroes and champions
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Architecture, Building and Humanitarian Innovation
Tom Scott-Smith

shelter from the rain. I saw a white modernist building lit up in the dark, tucked away in a far corner of the Giardini. I ran to take cover. It featured an exhibit called Places for People : a sparse but simply furnished demonstration of real interventions rather than idealistic projections, describing three projects that had worked with refugees to make modest but important improvements to their emergency shelters. The ideas were a refreshing change from the rest of the

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Martha Doyle

3 Older people’s interest organisations Representation at the beginning of the twentieth century The precursors to contemporary older people’s interest organisations in Europe and the United States in the late nineteenth century were in many cases established by war veterans who lobbied for pensions or subsidised salaries (Skocpol, 1992). For example, in Germany by 1921 there were six such organisations, with a membership of 1.3 million. The largest of these organisations, the Reichsbund der Kriegsopfer, Behinderten, Sozialrentner und Hinterbliebenen (League of

in The politics of old age
Directors and members
Martha Doyle

5 Older people’s interest organisations: directors and members As outlined in Chapter 1, there is a tendency in the academic literature to examine the politics of old age and the work of older people’s interest organisations at the macro level. Attention is usually given to the issue of influence in the context of specific policy initiatives rather than extending the analysis to explore the broader panoply of work in which they engage and the internal dimensions of the organisations’ operations. This chapter seeks to address this deficiency by exploring the

in The politics of old age
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Christopher Barker and Robert G. Ingram

This book is about the people’s power. But who are the people ? How did the people come into being? Should the people be sovereign? And what does it mean for the people to be sovereign? These are perennial questions in self

in People power