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Nicholas Royle

the initiative, the initial place belongs to her, a play and a teaching, a genuine pure fully guaranteed special-delivery ‘document in madness’, on the instant . / In ‘parenthesis arms [ bras de parenthèse ]’, as she calls them in FirstDays of the Year (Catherine MacGillivray’s translation of Jours de l’an (1990), a title inviting all the madness of a day or year reflecting on ‘days of the year’ or ‘new year’s days’ or ‘first days of the year’ or ‘every day a new year’s day’), I’m immersed in another thinking of paraphrase, embracing fallen into the

in Hélène Cixous
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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 Doan’s recent work, particularly the challenging reading of

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

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
Mary J. Hickman

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?
Open Access (free)
James Bowen and Jonathan Purkis

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
Kimberly Hutchings

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
Critical theory and the affective turn
Simon Mussell

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
Stephen Emerson and Hussein Solomon

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
Peter John, Sarah Cotterill, Alice Moseley, Liz Richardson, Graham Smith, Gerry Stoker and Corinne Wales

, such as understanding contributions to pension schemes. Researchers using this approach argue that citizens can be offered a choice architecture that encourages them to act in a way that achieves benefits for themselves and for their fellow citizens. This is often about the provision of information, and how it may be structured or framed to achieve effects on individual behaviour. This relatively new social-science thinking has influenced policy-makers to redesign these policies and implementation procedures with these insights in mind. A valuable account of

in Nudge, nudge, think, think (second edition)
Brian Sudlow

of society had produced good machinery but foolish people. In an essay written in 1918 Gill attacked what he called the factory system for being unchristian. His point was not that factory workers or even factory owners could not be Christian; rather it was that a mechanised system, in which workers laboured only for their wages and employers worked simply for profit, was devoid of genuine human responsibility and, therefore, prevented the ordaining of human labour towards the worship of God: ‘If a factory hand started thinking about God’s glory and began to

in Catholic literature and secularisation in France and England, 1880–1914