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The Empire of Clouds in north-east India
Author: Andrew J. May

In 1841, the Welsh sent their first missionary, Thomas Jones, to evangelise the tribal peoples of the Khasi Hills of north-east India. This book follows Jones from rural Wales to Cherrapunji, the wettest place on earth and now one of the most Christianised parts of India. It is about the piety and practices, the perceptions and prejudices of people in early nineteenth century Wales. The book is also about the ways in which the religious ambitions of those same people operated upon the lives and ideas of indigenous societies of the distant Khasi Hills of north-eastern India. It foregrounds broader political, scientific, racial and military ideologies that mobilised the Khasi Hills into an interconnected network of imperial control. Its themes are universal: crises of authority, the loneliness of geographical isolation, sexual scandal, greed and exploitation, personal and institutional dogma, individual and group morality. In analysing the individual lives that flash in and out of this history, the book is a performance within the effort to break down the many dimensions of distance that the imperial scene prescribes. It pays attention to a 'networked conception of imperial interconnection'. The book discusses Jones's evangelising among the Khasis as well as his conflicts with church and state authority. It also discusses some aspects of the micro-politics of mission and state in the two decades immediately following Thomas Jones's death. While the Welsh missionary impact was significant, its 'success' or indeed its novelty, needs to be measured against the pre-existing activities of British imperialists.

Monstrous marriage, maternity, and the politics of embodiment
Carol Margaret Davison

sexual transformation has been achieved and sustained scientifically, ideologically, and psychologically by her mad father’s use, respectively, of male hormones and brainwashing using an essentialist, dichotomous worldview that regards women as life-givers and men as life-takers (118), Banks enacts a brilliant structural sleight of hand. He cleverly ‘doubles’ his narrative generically as a work of Gothic and Female Gothic fiction. In keeping with the latter literary form, Frances’s systematic isolation and imprisonment combines with her detective-style process of

in Adapting Frankenstein
Ian Miller

presented idyllic visions of clean, sanitary and healthy cities. For them, the removal of butchers from the city would modernise, improve and reform the consistency of urban life itself. This rhetoric – grounded in new forms of sanitary science – antagonised traders who rebelled against their public demonisation and rallied against the penetrative scientific ideologies that underpinned their social castigation. Similar debates surfaced in Belfast. Concern over diseased meat consumption mounted in the late 1890s. Then, only meat produced in Belfast was liable for

in Reforming food in post-Famine Ireland
The lady physician in the American western
Antonovich Jacqueline D.

histories, and Dr. Quinn by extension , omit the ways in which mostly white, middle-class women used their medical authority and political power to shape the public health landscape of the region based on prevailing scientific ideologies of race. That westerns on television and in film also failed to capture these nuances is not surprising. The genre largely succeeds because it simultaneously allows

in Diagnosing history
Ian Miller

whose disadvantageous circumstances dictated hunger, rather than a lack of emotional feeling towards her children. ‘No mothers are tenderer than the Irish mothers’, so Gonne later claimed in Bean hÉireann, ‘and it is absurd to suppose a mother would let her children go hungry if she saw any way of preventing it, and there is a side of this children’s tragedy of which I dare hardly think, and that is the agony of the mothers who watch their little ones fading and know the cause and cannot remedy it.’57 Gonne also implicitly attacked the nature of the medico-scientific

in Reforming food in post-Famine Ireland
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Saul Newman

. Lefort, The Political Forms of Modern Society: Bureaucracy, Democracy, Totalitarianism (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1986), p. 305. 29 Similar criticisms were made in response to Lefort’s paper ‘The Question of Democracy’ delivered at the Centre for Philosophical Research on the Political at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris in 1982 – including those from Philipe LacoueLabarth and Jean-Luc Nancy, who suggested that a kind of ‘soft’ invisible totalitarianism was operating in Western democracies in the form of techno-scientific ideology. See discussion of this debate in

in Unstable universalities
Gill Haddow

as a pump located in the body-as-machine has, it should be noted, an overtly strong masculine image associated with it (Emslie and Hunt, 2009 ), whereas the symbolic image associated with it is feminine. The heart sits awkwardly in the medical and scientific ideology of the Cartesian body-as-machine, as the ‘pump or the engine for the body’ while simultaneously remaining in its metaphoric space, ‘symbolising the conjunction of body and soul’ (Manning Stevens, 1997 : 276). The heart sits uneasily in a place that views it in medical terms, like a pump or an engine

in Embodiment and everyday cyborgs
Mikael Klintman

critical, evidence-based thinking has a substantive influence on that person. Bloom and Weisberg have shown how sensitive children and adults are to what they perceive as the trustworthiness of the source of the knowledge claim. In some communities, science is held in low regard. These are usually communities dominated by non-scientific ideologies and ‘common-sense thinking’. There, people are more likely to resist counter-intuitive scientific claims. 44 If the claims are framed in ideologically or physically threatening ways it’s even less likely that the claims will

in Knowledge resistance
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Economics and the collapse of possibility
Adrienne Buller

democracy in Iraq: a non-scientific, ideological conception.’ 73 Through a simple redefinition in response to an ostensibly technocratic question some decades ago, the Paley Commission helped re-cast ideology as an innate imperative. In doing so, it contributed to the construction of our immensely precipitous present. Rather than reflecting some ‘natural’ set of governance priorities birthed autonomously from ‘human striving since time immemorial’ 74 and the accumulative drive of a capitalist economy, the establishment of

in The Value of a Whale
Towards a global synthesis
Richard H. Grove

protest. This was at a time long before an oppressive bureaucratic framework had armed itself with a more inflexible scientific ideology of forestry. The fact that the early Forest departments in the Bombay and Madras Presidencies were run by officers of the Medical Service helps to account for this. In the Madras Forest Department, for example, founded in 1856 by Hugh Cleghorn, the senior officers of the service were all

in Imperialism and the natural world