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The social and the sexual in interwar Britain

6 Thinking queer: the social and the sexual in interwar Britain Matt Houlbrook In this chapter I want to argue for the importance of thinking queer in our practice as historians. Engaging with what I see as a persistent tendency in recent work on modern British same-­sexualities, I tease out the possibilities opened up by shifting our definition of queer from a position to a process; from a mode of sexual selfhood – however unstable – to a set of critical practices; from something we consider our subjects to be, to something we do. In so doing I draw upon Laura

in British queer history
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UN peacekeeping and the end of the Cold War 1988–91

2 New thinking: UN peacekeeping and the end of the Cold War 1988–91 It is accepted by researchers and even the UN Secretariat that peacekeeping operations can be divided into two separate time periods: from 1947–88, or the Cold War era, and from 1988 to the present, the post-Cold War era. In 1988–91, the UN carried out ten new peacekeeping operations:  in Afghanistan, on the Iran–Iraq border, in Central America, Africa and Cambodia. We can also note the enforcement operation in Iraq after Iraq conquered Kuwait. But although most studies label these as second

in The United Nations and peacekeeping, 1988–95

4147 Inglis–Are the Irish different_BB_Layout 1 29/07/2014 09:26 Page 133 13 Thinking about Ireland and the Irish diaspora Mary J. Hickman Emigration has been a defining feature of Irish history and is a key motif of the current social and economic crisis. And yet is relatively understudied in Ireland. The Great Famine has had enormous attention, in terms of its impact both in Ireland and on the massive emigrations that followed. But the impact of the two major phases of emigration in the twentieth century – the 1950s and 1980s – have been less integrated into

in Are the Irish different?
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Part 1 Thinking One of the principal reasons for the endurance of anarchism is the fact that regardless of context it asks challenging questions about the nature of power. This collection premises itself on the idea that anarchist concepts of power are changing to reflect the extensive and varied shifts that are taking place in political culture, and on increasingly larger stages. The anarchist critique, as will be argued in this first section of the book, has deepened in terms of its willingness to consider power as having multiple and interconnected

in Changing anarchism

3200TimeandWorldPolitics.qxd:2935 The Biopolitics 18/7/08 07:57 Page 154 7 Thinking the present Introduction H E previous three chapters have explored different approaches to thinking the ‘present’ of world politics. In every case, the diagnoses of, and prescriptions for, the current ‘times’ of world politics depended on assumptions about world-political temporality in which different conceptions of chronos and kairos, and the relation between them, were embedded. All of the theories of contemporary world politics with which we have been concerned developed

in Time and world politics

9780719083112_C03 16/2/11 14:41 Page 100 3 Thinking and believing The conditions of unbelief, according to Taylor, are affected by the pluralisation of worldviews and the multiplication of alternatives to erstwhile Christian certainties.1 It is logical, therefore, that in responding to secularisation many French and English Catholic writers should subject such worldviews and alternatives to sometimes far-reaching scrutiny. As we saw in Chapter 1 the secularisation of mentalities in France and England was denoted by the shift towards a more anthropocentric

in Catholic literature and secularisation in France and England, 1880–1914
Critical theory and the affective turn

1 Thinking through feeling: critical theory and the affective turn The assumption that thought profits from the decay of the emotions, or even that it remains unaffected, is itself an expression of the process of stupefaction.1 In this opening chapter, I will begin by offering an overview of the particular form of critical theory on which this book will focus, namely that of the first-​ generation Frankfurt School, since I believe that there is still much of interest within this tradition of thought for our present time. I will then set out the contemporary

in Critical theory and feeling

2 Thinking about security Africa, as we have seen, is a very challenging, diverse, and complex security environment, and how the continent achieves security amidst this situation remains one of the most pressing questions of the day. Perspective matters here. How governments, institutions, and societies view the key elements of “security” lie at the heart of this debate. So too is it influenced by Africa’s colonial and post-independence history, which has shaped the lives and attitudes of its current leadership. Just, if not more important, is the continent and

in African security in the twenty-first century
Fiction and the inter-war broad left

5 Novels for ‘thinking people’: fiction and the inter-war broad left Steven Fielding Duncan Tanner first made his reputation studying the rise of the Labour party during the first decades of the twentieth century. His work was underpinned by a broad understanding of what constituted the ‘political’ and as a result was always fascinated by the complex patterns produced by the collision between formal Labour politics and popular culture. Duncan and the present author organised a conference in 2005 designed to encourage political historians to engage more with

in The art of the possible

3 Writing and thinking L etter-writing represented the most accessible form of written expression available to individuals during this period. Correspondence also provided crucial links between people who only met rarely in person. As a result, in many cases it is difficult to deduce whether women intended to use letter-writing to exercise their minds, or whether, conversely, the daily routine of corresponding provided a starting point for intellectual exploration. Either way, letter-writing represented a crucial space for female (and male) intellectual

in Women of letters