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Race and nation in twenty-first-century Britain

Nationalism has reasserted itself today as the political force of our times, remaking European politics wherever one looks. Britain is no exception, and in the midst of Brexit, it has even become a vanguard of nationalism's confident return to the mainstream. Brexit, in the course of generating a historically unique standard of sociopolitical uncertainty and constitutional intrigue, tore apart the two-party compact that had defined the parameters of political contestation for much of twentieth-century Britain. This book offers a wide-ranging picture of the different theoretical accounts relevant to addressing nationalism. It briefly repudiates the increasingly common attempts to read contemporary politics through the lens of populism. The book explores the assertion of 'muscular liberalism' and civic nationalism. It examines more traditional, conservative appeals to racialised notions of blood, territory, purity and tradition as a means of reclaiming the nation. The book also examines how neoliberalism, through its recourse to discourses of meritocracy, entrepreneurial self and individual will, alongside its exaltation of a 'points-system' approach to the ills of immigration, engineers its own unique rendition of the nationalist crisis. There are a number of important themes through which the process of liberal nationalism can be documented - what Arun Kundnani captured, simply and concisely, as the entrenchment of 'values racism'. These include the 'faux-feminist' demonisation of Muslims.

Sean Healy and Victoria Russell

the Mediterranean are worthy of public discussion and debate. As mentioned, various researchers (e.g. Arsenijevic et al. , 2017 ) have sought to study whether search and rescue efforts ‘pull’ people towards them or not, and hence might be endangering them. Political contestation is unavoidable when publics across Europe are as divided as they are about the relative value of securing the continent’s borders from

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Humanity and Solidarity
Tanja R. Müller and Róisín Read

information technologies. And they remind us that humanitarian responses always take place in conditions of failure and political contestation, which requires us to consider carefully what solidarity and humanity mean in those contexts. Works Cited Acharya , A. and Reddy , S. ( 2020 ), ‘ It’s Time to Use Eminent Domain on the

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Lessons Learned for Engagement in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States
Logan Cochrane

reports might be considered within the humanitarian funding stream (as a rough estimate). It thus appears that publicly available evaluation reports to-date have focused more on development-oriented activities than upon the humanitarian ones. This study did not undertake a geographic assessment of projects and/or evaluations. This would be a fruitful endeavour for future research, which would highlight some of the challenges of operating within a politically contested operational environment, wherein one actor in the conflict has the ability to direct or restrict

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Bernadette Connaughton

dashed in Dublin. Efforts to meet these expectations have been influenced by the low issue salience of environmental policy objectives, political contestation and historical shortcomings in the capacity of the administrative system to give effect to EU legislation. Domestic politics and infrastructural solutions deemed unpopular with the public inevitably played an important role in explaining implementation difficulties. The top–down procedural politics between national and local levels of bureaucracy, public and private sectors, stakeholder engagement and the

in The implementation of environmental policy in Ireland
Faecal references in eighteenth-century French théâtre de société
Jennifer Ruimi

are some of the performance-related questions associated with this type of theatre. Yet another question remains to be answered: what is the meaning of this emphasis on the ‘low’ body? Do faecal references and the performance of defecation merely have a burlesque function? I do not think so. Instead, I will show in this chapter that the faecal motif was part of an aesthetic, or even sometimes political, contestation. A pleasure for the cultured The first thing to bear in mind is that above all else, eighteenthcentury théâtre de société audiences were theatre lovers

in Bellies, bowels and entrails in the eighteenth century
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Reclaiming migration: voices from Europe’s ‘migrant crisis’
Vicki Squire, Nina Perkowski, Dallal Stevens, and Nick Vaughan-Williams

firmly reject the way the constitution of knowledge about the ‘migrant crisis’ of 2015–16 is shaped by the official archive, and show how knowledge production in the field of migration is politically contested (see Chapter 2 ). Intervening in a situation marked by dynamic and conflictual relations between policy developments and migratory dynamics (Squire, 2011 ), the book thus focuses on engaging a counter-archive that is oriented specifically towards assessing policy developments from the perspective of those whom policy in the field of migration affects most

in Reclaiming migration
James Johnson

How can we best conceptualize AI and military technological change in the context of nuclear weapons? Despite being theoretically and politically contested to this day, the notion of ‘strategic stability’ has proven a useful intellectual tool for analyzing the potential for new, powerful, and technically advanced weapons to undermine stability between nuclear-armed adversaries. 1 The concept entered into the nuclear lexicon during the early 1950s and is inextricably connected to the strategic thinking and

in Artificial intelligence and the future of warfare
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WeMake, a makerspace in Milan
Ilaria Vanni

10,000 pieces. You can just go small, produce on demand and it is a good thing environmentally as well as creatively.’2 Tony Fry calls similar design processes ‘redirective practice’.3 Redirection in this sense facilitates knowledge exchange: it gathers old knowledge, makes sense of present knowledge and builds new knowledge; it politically contests the unsustainable status quo; it enables the transformation of knowledge into action; and it generates communities of change working in different ways towards a common goal. Crucially, as Fry emphasises, redirective

in Precarious objects
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Foreign policy as public policy
Klaus Brummer, Sebastian Harnisch, Kai Oppermann, and Diana Panke

well as for the scope of domestic political contestation around policy-making. For once, foreign policy is no longer the more or less exclusive domain of the executive branch of government (if it ever had been). With the increasing participation and/or influence of a range of actors such as parliaments, courts, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), interest groups, etc., national governments no longer monopolize foreign policy and are even struggling to maintain their gatekeeping role. Inside governments, an ever broader range of ministries beyond the core foreign

in Foreign policy as public policy?