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Europeans, Muslim Immigrants and the onus of European–Jewish Histories
Author: Amikam Nachmani

Relations between Europe and its Muslim minorities constitute an extensive focus for discussion both within and beyond the Continent. This book reports on the years mainly between 2005 and 2015 and focuses on the exploitation of recent European history when describing relations and the prospects for the nominally 'Christian' majority and Muslim minority. The discourse often references the Jews of Europe as a guiding precedent. The manifold references to the annals of the Jews during the 1930s, the Second World War and the Holocaust, used by both the Muslim minorities and the European 'white' (sic) majority presents an astonishing and instructive perspective. When researching Europe and its Muslim minorities, one is astonished by the alleged discrimination that the topic produces, in particular the expressions embodied in Islamophobia, Europhobia and anti-Semitism. The book focuses on the exemplary European realities surrounding the 'triangular' interactions and relations between the Europeans, Muslims and Jews. Pork soup, also known as 'identity soup', has been used as a protest in France and Belgium against multicultural life in Europe and against the Muslim migrants who allegedly enjoyed government benefits. If the majority on all sides of the triangle were to unite and marginalize the extreme points of the triangle, not by force but by goodwill, reason and patience, then in time the triangle would slowly but surely resolve itself into a circle. The Jews, Christians, Muslims and non-believers of Europe have before them a challenge.

Youth, pop and the rise of Madchester
Author: Steve Redhead

Madchester may have been born at the Haçienda in the summer of 1988, but the city had been in creative ferment for almost a decade prior to the rise of Acid House. The End-of-the-Century Party is the definitive account of a generational shift in popular music and youth culture, what it meant and what it led to. First published right after the Second Summer of Love, it tells the story of the transition from New Pop to the Political Pop of the mid-1980s and its deviant offspring, Post-Political Pop. Resisting contemporary proclamations about the end of youth culture and the rise of a new, right-leaning conformism, the book draws on interviews with DJs, record company bosses, musicians, producers and fans to outline a clear transition in pop thinking, a move from an obsession with style, packaging and synthetic sounds to content, socially conscious lyrics and a new authenticity.

This edition is framed by a prologue by Tara Brabazon, which asks how we can reclaim the spirit, energy and authenticity of Madchester for a post-youth, post-pop generation. It is illustrated with iconic photographs by Kevin Cummins.

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The Algerian war and the ‘emancipation’ of Muslim women, 1954–62
Author: Neil Macmaster

In May 1958, and four years into the Algerian War of Independence, a revolt again appropriated the revolutionary and republican symbolism of the French Revolution by seizing power through a Committee of Public Safety. This book explores why a repressive colonial system that had for over a century maintained the material and intellectual backwardness of Algerian women now turned to an extensive programme of 'emancipation'. After a brief background sketch of the situation of Algerian women during the post-war decade, it discusses the various factors contributed to the emergence of the first significant women's organisations in the main urban centres. It was only after the outbreak of the rebellion in 1954 and the arrival of many hundreds of wives of army officers that the model of female interventionism became dramatically activated. The French military intervention in Algeria during 1954-1962 derived its force from the Orientalist current in European colonialism and also seemed to foreshadow the revival of global Islamophobia after 1979 and the eventual moves to 'liberate' Muslim societies by US-led neo-imperialism in Afghanistan and Iraq. For the women of Bordj Okhriss, as throughout Algeria, the French army represented a dangerous and powerful force associated with mass destruction, brutality and rape. The central contradiction facing the mobile socio-medical teams teams was how to gain the trust of Algerian women and to bring them social progress and emancipation when they themselves were part of an army that had destroyed their villages and driven them into refugee camps.

Cookery texts as a source in lived religion
Lauren F. Winner

fish soup was penned on the page for Ash Wednesday. Whether consciously or not, the keeper of that recipe collection had placed instructions for a meatless meal on the page of the calendar that inaugurated the Catholic Church’s most intense season of fasting. Thus the text not only revealed the woman’s culinary proclivities; it also revealed something about her religious

in Reading and writing recipe books, 1550–1800
Intercultural exchanges and the redefinition of identity in Hugo Hamilton’s Disguise and Hand in the Fire
Carmen Zamorano Llena

7 ‘Our identity is our own instability’: intercultural exchanges and the ­redefinition of identity in Hugo Hamilton’s Disguise and Hand in the Fire1 Carmen Zamorano Llena In 1995 the then President of Ireland Mary Robinson gave an address entitled ‘Cherishing the Irish diaspora’ to the Houses of the Oireachtas in order to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Irish Famine. This historical event, which has been reworked as one of the founding traumas of the Irish nation, also marked a dramatic increase in the Irish exodus that made

in Literary visions of multicultural Ireland
Douglas Fordham

exceeding four thousand single-sheet prints. 17 Unless or until we learn more about the distribution and reception of these prints outside London, the primary audience appears to have been those in the immediate vicinity of Westminster. 18 Henry Howard’s satirical songsheet The Peace-Soup-Makers, Or, A New Mess at the Bedford Head ( Figure 3.3 ) typifies the genre’s thematic

in Exhibiting the empire
Sarah Alyn Stacey

of her comes to you immediately. (p. )) As Picasso implies in the dream, the signifier, the name Telma, holds for Max particular associations accessible only to him. The name does not and cannot have the same resonance for others because they do not share the same experience of Telma, an idea articulated earlier in the text, albeit more implicitly, by the particular associations which Telma’s name has for Virginie (a packet of soup sold in Monoprix (p. )) and which her son’s name, Paulo, has for Max (a brand of sweets (p. )). This location of identity in the

in Women’s writing in contemporary France
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Food, family and national identity in Susan Ferrier’s fiction
Sarah Moss

inadequacy or absence of biological parents is taken for granted. Ruth Perry writes in Novel Relations that ‘[t]he “aunt”, being simultaneously both mother and other, solves both the problem of separation and that of identification for the female protagonist’. 3 The aunt as mother figure offers precisely the kind of belonging-at-a-remove, the mixture of consanguinuity and elective affinity, that Ferrier promotes as the future for national identity. Wollstonecraft and, in a very different way, Edgeworth see themselves ‘mothering the nation’ in writing didactic fiction

in Spilling the beans
Meghji Ali

2 Towards a triangle of Black middle-class identity S ociologists are often committed to the view that identity is ‘restless, fickle and irresolute’.1 Contrastingly, the very reason that ‘race’ (and particularly ‘Blackness’) was brought into existence was to deny human difference to certain people. 2 As critical social scientists, therefore, we must walk a tightrope between appreciating that individuals are individuals while also appreciating that systems of domination often aim to homogenise people into restrictive categories. One way that sociologists

in Black middle class Britannia
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Adrian Millar

kitchen] had made themselves a feed. Never asked, ‘Can we have a tin of beans here, missus?’ or ‘Can we have a tin of soup?’ They had just fucking helped themselves. It would have been all the same if we had have been starving. The cunt probably opened that cupboard door and went ‘Oh, fuck, they’ve plenty of stuff in there. I’ll help myself

in Socio-ideological fantasy and the Northern Ireland conflict