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The tragedy (and comedy) of accelerated modernisation

backwards into the future: ‘The Angel of History stares in horror at a pile of debris heaping up before him as he is propelled backwards by a storm blowing out of heaven. This storm is what we call Progress.’7 The Faustian tragedy of development One of the most perceptive accounts of the deep origins of the experience of modernity is the epic Faust, by the German poet/philosopher Goethe. Berman shows how Goethe’s tragic story of Faust is the prototypical formulation of the paradoxes of modernity and modernisation, which, although written in the late eighteenth and early

in The end of Irish history?

7 Obscurer individuals and their themes of response The destruction of nature as reality and metaphor This chapter casts the net wider. Following the responses of the small but influential Bloomsbury circle, the earlier chapters have encompassed the experiences of other celebrated thinkers and writers (especially Bertrand Russell), some of whom donned uniform, and also certain women, well-known and otherwise, some of whom travelled to the war-zone as nurses or observers. It has became clear that similar aesthetic–humanistic responses occurred outside the

in A war of individuals
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-NHS hospitals. Despite the changes taking place in the early twentieth century, the admission of patients of all classes alongside each other did not become the norm, nor were the hospitals taken over by work geared towards the accommodation or treatment of those who could pay a commercial rate, as in America. The hospital did not become a site for generating profit. Yet payment did find a place, even as the hospital remained essentially a philanthropic institution. The

in Payment and philanthropy in British healthcare, 1918–48
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Question’. 2 A focus upon the co-operative movement repositions social and economic anxieties at the heart of early twentieth century Irish political discourse, thus emphasising a central, yet overlooked, component of the ‘Irish Question’. The Irish nation-state did not emerge fully formed out of the tense political negotiations that led to the acceptance, and collapse, of a Home Rule settlement for the country nor did it owe its character and institutions mainly to the violent experiences of war and revolution. Instead, critical ideas about the nation emanated from the

in Civilising rural Ireland

the essence of the experience of having been transformed into a figure, an actor in a play; and for a brief moment he stepped out of that role and instead became a spectator watching ‘Håkan Juholt’ act. He became, as he himself says, a spectator of his own life. It is time to return to the concepts of guilt and shame. You feel guilt about what you have done and shame for who you are, write researchers James Lull and Stephen Hinerman in an early study of media scandals (Lull & Hinerman 1997). They believe that shame is a socially and culturally constructed emotion to

in Exposed

entails.” It is sometimes even perceived as the explanatory factor in a break up: “They shouldn’t have rushed into marriage so fast.” At certain phases in one’s life, it is of course preferable to wait, to experiment, and to discover oneself. According to this line of logic, achieving economic independence and accumulating life experience is also highly recommended: finishing college; establishing a career; “taking advantage” of what life on one’s own can offer. Being on one’s own, living alone, experimenting with different relationships, and not committing too early

in A table for one
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pervasive. This examination of individual collections allows one a view into the most concentrated treatment and development of such themes by Thomas, as well as a deeper grasp of the character of the individual volumes, each of them significant milestones in the oeuvre as a whole. My chief purpose in these final chapters is to highlight and explore what might be called Thomas’s ‘reconfiguring’ of theology, that is, his insistence on the central validity and importance of individual spiritual experience, both as absence and as presence. That insistence radically expands

in R. S. Thomas
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Young people’s experiences of SfD

6 Being involved: young people's experiences of SfD This chapter continues our examination of SfD at community level, now focusing on the young people who engage with SfD programmes. Its purpose is to develop fuller knowledge and understanding of how SfD activities feature in these young people's lives. It is perhaps worth reiterating that this ‘investigative’ approach has a different emphasis from evaluation studies

in Localizing global sport for development
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Digital photography and cartography in Wolfgang Weileder’s Atlas

of the instant image is producing a form of illiteracy in experiencing and understanding the nexus between time and space. Maps and digital maps, however Dionysian in character according to geographers Kingsbury and Jones III, can fail to capture this Benjaminian sense of ‘spacecrossed time’; Weileder, like Proust, uses art to highlight the coagulation of fugitive years and roads, moments and avenues within human experience. Space-crossed time In Wolfgang Weileder’s Seascapes (2009–ongoing, see Figure 5.1), time marches steadily on, slice by slice, from left to

in Time for mapping
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memoirs, a new group of female writers – among whom Vera Brittain was probably the most successful – began to publish books about their wartime experiences.5 These early memoirs ended a ten year ‘silence’ during which very little had been written about the war, and set the tone and content of later generations’ understandings of the conflict. But, for the first post-war generation, remembrance was complicated by the looming possibility of another European conflict. During and immediately after the Second World War, the world’s focus was on a very different form of

in Nurse Writers of the Great War