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The punk and post-punk worlds of Manchester, London, Liverpool and Sheffield, 1975–80

This book argues that punk and post-punk, whatever their respective internal stylistic heterogeneity, enjoyed 'sociological reality' in Samuel Gilmore's and Howard Becker's sense. It elaborates the concept of 'music worlds', contrasting it with alternatives from the sociological literature. In particular it contrasts it with the concepts 'subculture', 'scene' and 'field'. The book then outlines a number of concepts which allow us to explore the localised process in which punk took shape in a sociologically rigorous manner. In particular it discusses the concepts of 'critical mass' and 'social networks'. The book also applies these concepts to the London punk world of 1976. It considers how talk about punk migrated from face-to-face networks to mass media networks and the effects of that shift. Continuing the discussion of punk's diffusion and growth, the book considers how punk worlds took shape in Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield. In addition, however, the book offers a more technical analysis of the network structures of the post-punk worlds of the three cities. Furthermore, extending this analysis, and combining qualitative and quantitative forms of analysis, the book considers how activities in different local post-punk worlds were themselves linked in a network, constituting a national post-punk world.

An Interview with Caroline Abu Sa’Da, General Director of SOS MEDITERRANEE Suisse

of search-and-rescue missions in the Med – pose direct challenges to the work SOS is doing? CAS: The Defend Europe people actually aren’t much of a burden. They organise a demonstration every time we arrive somewhere, and they are extremely active on social networks – much more so than we are, that’s for sure. When we publish something on Facebook or Twitter, we end up with thousands of comments from them. I’ve gone from working with MSF in highly insecure environments, where there are IEDs and shootouts, to receiving death threats on social

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
A Focus on Community Engagement

. Residents perceived the intervention as a threat to their livelihoods, social networks, lived environment and to the already weak public health infrastructure. Through their negotiations around practical issues such as employment, waste-water management and the economic impact of an ETU opening in the stadium, young people were able to take part as legitimate actors in the interventions that affected their realities, setting the basis for long-term engagement in their

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
The road to war in the Balkans and Caucasus

8 Networks and narratives: the road to war in the Balkans and Caucasus The task of this chapter is to map the road to war in the Balkans and Caucasus. In order to do this the chapter is broken down into three constituent parts. Building on the last chapter, the analysis engages with localised social networks which informed the armed resistance movements in Kosovo and Chechnya. Firstly we turn to the battle of Gudermes in Chechnya in 1998, and the incursion into Dagestan in 1999. This demonstrates how the former nationalist-separatist movement fragmented in a

in Contemporary violence
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Nodes, ties and worlds

5 Musicking networks: nodes, ties and worlds In the previous chapter, I suggested that music worlds are social networks, or more precisely – as the festival network demonstrated – distinctive clusters within the broader network comprising the musical universe. Musicking is interaction, but not just dyadic interaction. It is collective action involving multiple parties whose interactions and relations concatenate, simultaneously drawing upon and generating a wider network. All musicking belongs to this network, but it is possible to identify distinct clusters of

in Connecting sounds
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Alternative approaches to violence in International Relations

recognition of these characteristics of narrative identity are not only constitutive and productive, they not only enable a sense of identity to form, but these characteristics are also amendable to interpretive and hermeneutic approaches to global politics. Stories of war and peace: locating Hermeneutic Studies In order to explore the different approaches to the study of war I turn here to a body of interpretive work which, I will argue, helps to link area studies and social networks with studies of narrative identity. When taken together, these three overlapping themes

in Contemporary violence
Processes of settlement in Denmark

these women’s social networks in Copenhagen were to a large extent a reflection of their new social positions in society. In particular, well-educated women from an urban middle-class background found that they were not able to build social relations using their previous resources Finding a place for oneself 35 and interests. Instead, for those who were observant Muslims, the ­ethno-religious milieu became the social network most available to them. Women’s construction of belonging to Danish society must therefore be seen in relation to broader processes of

in Iraqi women in Denmark
Musicking in social space

posits a view of social structure centred upon social networks and interaction and his model of social space builds upon this relational conception. Bourdieu’s conception, notwithstanding his claims to ‘relationality’, individualises actors, failing to fully engage with the importance of concrete social relations, interactions and networks (Bottero and Crossley 2011; Crossley 2011, 2013a). He conceptualises social space as a ‘cloud of individuals’, to quote the statisticians who worked with him (Le Roux and Rouanet 2004, 2009), defining ‘relations’ in the minimal sense

in Connecting sounds
Social networks and the spread of medical information

4 An economy of knowledge: social networks and the spread of medical information T hrough what channels did the people of early modern Wales obtain and pass on their medical knowledge? How far was Wales truly ‘cut off’ both internally and from the wider world? Medical knowledge was ubiquitous within early modern society, but this information did not exist in isolation. It was continually recycled, reinforced and reinvented through a multiplicity of informational pathways. In the previous chapter, the growing importance of medical books was argued to be an

in Physick and the family
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other elements either emerge or at least assume the qualities we commonly associate with them in the context of interactions, relations and networks. Human agency or at least inter-agency, and also the agency of such corporate entities as governments, trade unions and economic firms, assume a key role in this form of sociology. Social interaction is, after all, driven by the desires and intelligence of those party to it. However, relational sociology maintains that actors are constrained by their relations with others and their position in wider social networks

in Networks of sound, style and subversion