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Lez Cooke

1 Regionalism, regional culture and regional identity What is a region? The question has preoccupied geographers for more than a century. While early twentieth-century geographers, such as A.J. Herbertson, developed a theory of the region based on ‘natural’ characteristics, suggesting a region was defined by ‘a certain unity of configuration, climate and vegetation’ (Herbertson, 1905: 309), subsequent definitions have taken social as well as environmental factors into consideration. Accordingly, a region came to be defined not only on the basis of its physical

in A sense of place
Olga Vassilieva

9 Conflict management in the Caucasus via development of regional identity Olga Vassilieva Introduction    the preconditions for and possibilities of Caucasian integration as a way of conflict management in the region. The 1990s has revealed that a common Caucasian identity might be used for ‘constructing’ a regional security community. To testify to this thesis, a significant part of the chapter addresses the question of how different identities have influenced the development of nationalism and cooperation, conflict escalation and conflict

in Potentials of disorder
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Katrina Navickas

The Peterloo Massacre was more than just a Manchester event. The attendees, on whom Manchester industry depended, came from a large spread of the wider textile regions. The large demonstrations that followed in the autumn of 1819, protesting against the actions of the authorities, were pan-regional and national. The reaction to Peterloo established the massacre as firmly part of the radical canon of martyrdom in the story of popular protest for democracy. This article argues for the significance of Peterloo in fostering a sense of regional and northern identities in England. Demonstrators expressed an alternative patriotism to the anti-radical loyalism as defined by the authorities and other opponents of mass collective action.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
James Baldwin’s American South
Jeff Fallis

James Baldwin has frequently been written about in terms of his relationship to geographical locations such as Harlem, Paris, St. Paul-de-Vence, Istanbul, and “the transatlantic,” but his longstanding connection to the American South, a region that served as a vexed and ambiguous spiritual battleground for him throughout his life and career, has been little discussed, even though Baldwin referred to himself as “in all but no technical legal fact, a Southerner.” This article argues that the South has been seriously underconsidered as a major factor in Baldwin’s psyche and career and that were it not for the challenge to witness the Southern Civil Rights movement made to Baldwin in the late 1950s, he might never have left Paris and become the writer and thinker into which he developed. It closely examines Baldwin’s fictional and nonfictional engagements with the American South during two distinct periods of his career, from his first visit to the region in 1957 through the watershed year of 1963, and from 1963 through the publication of Baldwin’s retrospective memoir No Name in the Street in 1972, and it charts Baldwin’s complex and often contradictory negotiations with the construction of identity in white and black Southerners and the South’s tendency to deny and censor its historical legacy of racial violence. A few years before his death, Baldwin wrote that “[t]he spirit of the South is the spirit of America,” and this essay investigates how the essential question he asked about the region—whether it’s a bellwether for America’s moral redemption or moral decline—remains a dangerous and open one.

James Baldwin Review
The Politics of ‘Proximity’ and Performing Humanitarianism in Eastern DRC
Myfanwy James

, collecting information and ‘taking the temperature’. Performing Principles Finally, the proximity of some staff became a means of illustrating MSF’s impartiality in practice. As well as interpersonal networks, local staff possessed perceived collective and personal identities which held a collection of meanings and associations. Some staff were known quantities locally, with family ties or political histories. Others had fluid and overlapping, ‘ethnic’ and regional identity markers which mapped onto highly politicised and historically formed discourses of belonging

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Lez Cooke

Introduction At a time of cultural flux, and in the light of recent debates about globalisation and global culture, the question of regional identity and regional culture has re-emerged on to the field of academic and social inquiry. In the field of broadcasting, concerns have been expressed – by academics, practitioners and viewers – about the potential impact of global media culture on indigenous regional and local broadcasting in Britain (see Kidd and Taylor, 2002). These concerns were exacerbated by the series of mergers and takeovers among the network of

in A sense of place
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Comparing communities, challenging conceptions
Sarah Hackett

between local government policies and their Muslim migrant communities. This was especially the case in Newcastle where daily life appears to have often continued almost in willing ignorance of local authority policies and plans. This is not the consequence of impractical or misdirected policies, but rather evidence of the extent to which selfdetermination and a desire for independence enabled migrant communities’ success despite them. The sixth and final theme concerns regional identity and the extent to which it acted as either an advocate or barrier to Muslim ethnic

in Foreigners, minorities and integration
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Lez Cooke

resurrected by Granada presenter Anthony Wilson in his contribution to the ITC Report on Television in the Nations and Regions in 2002, when he described the boundaries of the region very precisely, suggesting that having a ‘sense of place’ was fundamental to the regional identity of Granadaland: Do we have a regional identity in England’s north-west? If regional identity is sense of self and sense of place, then I can’t think of any part of this sceptred isle that has more of both. Our boundaries are clear to all; come down from Shap Fell into the southern Lakes and you

in A sense of place
The memory of the Raj in post
Maria Misra

-nationalist movements, the Raj was particularly important. Like Nehru and early Congress, they approved of the Raj’s modernising features, but they ‘regionalised’ them, seeing the Raj as a co-creator of modern regional identities against the pretensions of Delhi and Congress. Statues and commemoration have been, and still are, central features of campaigns for self

in Sites of imperial memory