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Becoming an “old maid”

-course from now on, their life span is endowed with clarity and certainty: aging alone and dying alone. The tyranny of age The data analysis thus far demonstrates the power of familial, heteronormative, ageist, and sexist norms in construing the category of the “aging single woman.” However, some of the single women writing for Ynet do not conform to these hegemonic discourses, instead challenging them in various ways. One apt example is a text written by Rotem, one of the columnists mentioned above, who defines herself as “a thirtysomething content single woman” (Lior 2006

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the increased returns take some time to occur. The lack of a functioning system for credit blocked this option for many enterprises. Moreover, privatisation was largely carried out in a legal vacuum and in circumstances characterised by little transparency, poor oversight by the authorities and a general lack of certainty about the future. Thus, incentives were created for those controlling 36 International environmental agreements in Russia (not necessarily owning) the privatising enterprises to harvest great short-term profits in ways which were hardly

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Robert Hamer after Ealing

Catholicism. Though not religious, Hamer felt a grudging envy for the certainties of faith – as does his surrogate in the film, played by Peter Finch with saturnine charm. A renegade aristocrat (like Ledocq in The Spider and the Fly ), Flambeau steals not out of greed or viciousness, but to requite a world that has no place for him. ‘I was trained as a good swordsman,’ he tells Brown, ‘but in a

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Germany, the use of force and the power of strategic culture

culture has fundamentally changed or collapsed. A second hypothesis was that the influence of strategic culture on behaviour will depend on contextual factors. In settled times of certainty strategic culture will influence behaviour indirectly, at a distance, while in unsettled periods of greater ambivalence strategic culture will directly govern behaviour almost as an ideology. With the ending of the Cold War the impacts of strategic culture on German security policy behaviour were far more direct, with the nexus between policy and strategic culture being close. From the

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eliminate many forms of arbitrary rule in ways that entail equity and promote autonomy. Clarity, prospectiveness and regularity in the law and the rules governing the processes that regulate it reduces the dangers of social relationships and interactions being disrupted by unpredictable changes in people’s behaviour. Formal rules provide a degree of stability and certainty essential for fixing goals and working to achieve them

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, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1985), pp. 211–45; see also Butler, Gender Trouble , pp. 128–41. 11 For the classic feminist critique of scientific certainties in biology and reproduction, see D. Haraway, Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (London, Free Association, 1991

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witchcraft continued

), which also concerns more a process of ascription than the observation of a practice. More often than not what is presented as a certainty is guided by selection within the framework of the ascription. ‘Superstition’ more than ‘witchcraft’, however, can be used as an overall category and it is questionable whether its various constituents have any relation to each other in any way different than this. That is to say, witchcraft

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An epilogue

seize upon and sift through textual traces, oral liturgies, experiential entanglements, and graphic imaginaries. On offer is a visual hermeneutics that renders details with a twist. Here, haunting images resonate with oracular expression, prior certainties echo limiting doubts, and the force of the past sounds out the fleeting, the fragmentary, and the transitory. All this is shored up by a vulnerable

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Medical Revolution of the Seventeenth Century, edited by Roger K. French and Andrew Wear (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), pp. 87–113 (pp. 108–09). A more general account of his thought can be found in Arikha, Passions and Tempers, pp. 223–27. 9 Barbara J. Shapiro, Probability and Certainty in Seventeenth Century England (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983), p. 215. 10 Clark, pp. 611–12. 11 Bostridge, p. 63. Witchcraft in the Restoration 247 linked to it had been attacked as the devil’s work.’12 For sceptics as well as critics, witches

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media and leisure culture that week included ‘Monserrat: the Grand National Health Salt’, and ‘The National Favourite: Barker and Dobson Viking Chocolate’.55 Betting language was often coupled with the name. In York, for example, you could get ‘A certainty for the Ebor Day purchaser. When you purchase at Gawthorne’s you are on a sure winner’.56 Cigarette advertising cashed in on the popularity of racing. J. Player and Sons, for example, had annual advertisements during race weeks in local newspapers, showing middle-class or respectable working-class men smoking

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