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Popular and personal discourse in the 1960s and 1970s
Jill Kirby

I knew when I got to Birmingham that I was up against some cracking students in ability and I knew I would have to work me socks off and I did, but unfortunately I found it got to me, and I suspect it was the first sign in me life of nervous tension. It did get to me, and I can remember in my last year I had to go to the doctors once or twice. I didn't realise it at the time but I wasn't sleeping particularly well but it was all, I realise now it was all evidence of stress. 1

in Feeling the strain
David Madden

11 The socioeconomic determinants of mental stress David Madden Introduction This chapter reviews the socioeconomic determinants of mental stress in Ireland. As the title suggests, the focus of the chapter will principally be on those socioeconomic factors which are most closely associated with mental stress, and so the papers reviewed will mainly be from the economics literature. It is also the case that we will take a broad interpretation of mental stress, including in our analysis not just studies of stress, but also other related c­ onditions such as mental

in The economics of disability
Nikolas Rose

childhood, financial stress, poor housing, bad education, insecure employment, social isolation, etc.; each is sometimes found to be significant, and sometimes not. They are also unclear about whether objective material conditions account for this gradient, or whether subjective responses to those material conditions are decisive – a point to which I will return. The WHO report does rise to the challenge of mechanisms, however, suggesting that the mechanism that translates these diverse forms of disadvantage to mental distress is ‘stress’, especially prolonged and

in Urban transformations and public health in the emergent city
Alistair Cole

1 Stress, strain and stability in the French party system Alistair Cole The French party system Stress and stability Introduction Political parties do not find a natural breeding ground in France. Portrayals of French political culture point to incivisme, individualism and a distrust of organisations (Crozier, 1970, Pitts, 1981, Gaffney and Kolinsky, 1991). Though these representations are overly impressionistic, a powerful strand of French republicanism has denigrated political parties as divisive, fractious organisations. This is best exemplified by the

in The French party system
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A Belated but Welcome Theory of Change on Mental Health and Development
Laura Davidson

worldwide. Direct impact arises from increased stress and anxiety about infection and risk, trauma resulting from contraction of the illness, or the inability to provide comfort in death to loved ones, as well as depression resulting from grief or socialisation restrictions. Indirect impact on mental health emanates from uncertainty and economic strain. Accordingly, the global mental health reach of the coronavirus pandemic will be significant for years after it is brought

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Lewis Burton

There are now two orders of ministry in the Methodist Church, the Order of Presbyters and the Order of Deacons. The latter developed out of the previously existing Deaconess Order but now enjoys the same status and privileges as the former. A study of the Order of Presbyters was completed in 2007, but it was thought that a similar study of the Order of Deacons would be of value in shedding light on the present task they are asked to do, their work experience in the circuits, and the various stresses and demands to which they are subject. The data for this survey was collected by a questionnaire put to the 119 deacons of the Order then active in the circuits. Evidence from analysis showed that their congregations did not fully understand the nature of a deacons ministry, complicated by the fact that, unfortunately, deacons were often employed to ease a shortage of presbyters in the circuits.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Stephen Gordon

Necromancy, the practice of conjuring and controlling evil spirits, was a popular pursuit in the courts and cloisters of late medieval and early modern Europe. Books that gave details on how to conduct magical experiments circulated widely. Written pseudonymously under the name of the astrologer and translator Michael Scot (d. 1236), Latin MS 105 from the John Rylands Library, Manchester, is notable for the inclusion, at the beginning of the manuscript, of a corrupted, unreadable text that purports to be the Arabic original. Other recensions of the handbook, which generally travelled under the pseudo-Arabic title of Almuchabola Absegalim Alkakib Albaon, also stressed the experiments non-Western origins. Using Latin MS 105 as the main case study, this article aims to investigate the extent to which a magic books paratextual data conveyed a sense of authority to its contemporary audience.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Governing COVID dead in southern Arizona
Robin C. Reineke

Research into the governance of dead bodies, primarily focused on post-conflict contexts, has often focused on the aspects of the management of dead bodies that involve routinisation, bureaucratisation and order. Less attention has been paid to the governance of the dead in times of relative peace and, in particular, to the aspects of such work that are less bureaucratised and controlled. This article explores the governance of dead bodies in pandemic times – times which although extraordinary, put stress on ordinary systems in ways that are revealing of power and politics. Observations for this article come from over fifteen years of ethnographic research at a medical examiner’s office in Arizona, along with ten focused interviews in 2020 with medico-legal authorities and funeral directors specifically about the COVID-19 pandemic. The author argues that the pandemic revealed the ways in which the deathcare industry in the United States is an unregulated, decentralised and ambiguous space.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
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Local Understandings of Resilience after Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Philippines
Ara Joy Pacoma, Yvonne Su, and Angelie Genotiva

offer psychosocial support ( Rockenbauch, 2016 ; Iacoviello and Charney, 2014 ). Iacoviello and Charney (2014) stress that very few people, especially those impacted by wars and disasters, can survive the psychological stress and trauma. People survive because of social support networks. Indeed, Aldrich (2012) argues that social capital is the core driver of post-disaster recovery; and studies have found that disaster-affected communities are often the first to respond in emergencies ( Su and Mangada, 2017 ; Le Dé et al. , 2013 ; Eadie and Su, 2018 ). These

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Building High-tech Castles in the Air?
Anisa Jabeen Nasir Jafar

-resourced settings is rapid; however, for that acute period, ‘normal’ is suspended. One area which is illustrative of such acute stress on a healthcare system is documentation. In ordinary circumstances, whether paper or electronic health records are adopted, there is felt to be sufficient time to produce adequate documentation. In a crisis situation, the documentation drops in priority. First and most appropriate, this is because clinical care takes more attention. Second, however, it is often connected to

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