The BBC’s Caribbean Voices
Glyne Griffith

lives of those ‘who had had a raw deal’, and shared too a scepticism about the spurious claims of a – metropolitan-driven – universal aesthetic. Calder-Marshall argued in terms of the need for a literature rooted in ‘the life and thought of a particular time and place’, while Swanzy made the same point by invoking the need for ‘local colour’. In 1946, during his first year as editor of the programme

in West Indian intellectuals in Britain
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Edward M. Spiers

reviewing the experiences of some thirty-five officers and men from all the British infantry units and support arms, it will be possible to gauge whether they had any insights on these and other aspects of the campaign. Wolseley’s scepticism about the resolve, reliability and martial prowess of the coastal tribes, particularly if required to fight in the bush, was widely

in The Victorian soldier in Africa
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Gender and a new politics in Achebe
Elleke Boehmer

, but to change its enunciative style: to develop social responsibility, a newly gendered image of power, not a little scepticism and a broader support base – in general to ‘widen the scope’ (AS 158). The leaders need to approach the ‘owners’ of the country in order to embrace and take into their bosom certain of their number. In keeping with the leitmotif of the novel, in the anthill that survives after the fires of the harmattan, Beatrice, seer and leader, inspirer of a select new group drawn from various social sectors, also serves as the queen who maintains the

in Stories of women
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The Republic and Northern Ireland since 1990
Michael Parker

scepticism and republican frustration intensified. In early 1996 the Provisional IRA ended its ceasefire. It was only restored after Labour’s victory in the Westminster General Election of May 1997. Evidence that Tony Blair, the new Prime Minister, viewed Northern Ireland as a priority can be seen from meetings with David Trimble of the UUP and John Bruton, the Taoiseach, which he hosted on successive days soon after his arrival in Downing Street. His Northern Ireland secretary, Mo Mowlam, repeatedly stressed the need for a new ceasefire and the government’s keenness to

in Irish literature since 1990
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Demonological descriptions of male witches
Lara Apps and Andrew Gow

scepticism must be stifled, that sceptics and lawyers who defend witches are themselves witches, that all witches, ‘good’ or ‘bad’, must be burnt, that no excuse, no extenuation is allowable … When we read these monstrous treatises, we find it difficult to see their authors as human beings. 1 The historiographical tide is shifting, and several

in Male witches in early modern Europe
The European Union and social democratic identity
Gerassimos Moschonas

explains the extreme moderation of social democratic programmatic options as well as the ideological and programmatic convergence of government parties of the right and left. Social democratic parties ‘as carriers of ideology’ (Berman 2006: 204) are under extreme pressure. Given these influences, it is scarcely surprising that current popular anxieties and growing Euro-scepticism remain without an effective political response on the left.14 The European programmatic stance of social democrats, bereft of alternative economic ideas, incapable of articulating Europewide

in In search of social democracy
Eşref Aksu

Makarios’ efforts at the UN, if he chose to reject the idea of NATO peacekeeping. 12 Cypriot scepticism of the desirability of a NATO action was understandable, given that Cyprus was a newly decolonised and non-aligned country. However, other considerations had in all probability also motivated Makarios’ rejection of the idea of NATO peacekeeping. 13 In the first place, he felt that in the event of

in The United Nations, intra-state peacekeeping and normative change
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Andrew Bowie

diversity against ethnocentrism tends to suggest? One way of indicating why such a perspective may not be as questionable as is often claimed is apparent in the following argument, from Aesthetic Theory, against the ‘private’ relativisation of aesthetic judgement: Shoulder-shrugging aesthetic relativism is for its part a piece of reified consciousness; [it is] less melancholic scepticism against one’s own insufficiency than resentment against the claim to truth of art which alone would legitimate that greatness of artworks without whose fetish [i.e. the fetish of greatness

in Aesthetics and subjectivity
New threats, institutional adaptations
James Sperling

mitigates the security dilemma.10 All five conditions are met in the Atlantic security community; they are lacking in most of Eurasia. Keohane recognises this problem in his discussion of the barriers to global governance.11 Keohane’s expressed scepticism about constructing a system of global governance is instructive in the context of extending the Atlantic system of security governance. He identified three barriers to global governance that can usefully be adapted to the problem of security governance in Eurasia. The first is the cultural, religious and civilisational

in Limiting institutions?
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Graeme Kirkpatrick

towards wider change. In practice, the experience of an individual or a group of workers includes demystification, in the sense that they really get to know how things work (or don’t) and view management ideas, for example, with a healthy scepticism. Extending such demystification into a critical perspective on society at large is not straightforward because of reification and the hold of dominant ideological representations. As we have seen, the Frankfurt School largely neglected to explore this as a political question, considering such a level of thematisation as

in Technical politics