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A surplus of ideas

things moving forward. Outside cultural studies, economists also use hydraulic metaphors which portray the substance of economic transaction, money, utility, or value as a liquid. Exchange becomes a flow which is channeled by markets and regulations, the economy can slow to a trickle under pressure, and of course there are liquid assets that can leak, drain away, or get overheated. Used this way, metaphors can become a conservative influence that restricts and blocks (dams?) creativity and innovation in our thinking (Löfgren and Wilk, 2006). Instead, in this collection

in Overwhelmed by overflows?
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Crossing the margins

. Crucially, analysis would also need to engage with the potential for traditional music to create ‘spatial illusions’ (Tuan 1977: 14) – for example, the association (in much contemporary cinematic discourse) of certain instruments with certain landscapes. The methodological economy of politics/poetics has its parallels in other critical and cultural fields. But the real point is that, as this example shows, the spatial imagination might prove beneficial for archipelagic studies. Traditional Irish music could be profitably compared in these terms to other ‘traditional

in Across the margins
An introduction to the book

1 The end of Irish history? An introduction to the book COLIN COULTER During the Easter vacation of 2001, I happened to be travelling through the United States and picked up a copy of a renowned popular music magazine to pass the time on a short internal flight. While leafing through the publication, I stumbled across a feature that struck me as having no little cultural significance. It was a single-frame, full-page advertisement for some commodity or other set in a stylish contemporary bathroom that could have been located in more or less any major city in

in The end of Irish history?
Economy, football and Istria

political pluralisation. Furthermore, ‘transition will encompass all spheres of the human lives and human relations, including the most subtle areas in the realm of the ideology, religious and other segments of the MUP_Bellamy_06_Ch5 105 9/3/03, 9:30 T   C   106 social conscience’.8 Similarly, the Ministry of Development and Reconstruction argued that economic reform would lead to the ‘revitalisation of the Croatian cultural and humanistic values, especially humane and educational values’.9 The transition to a market economy was

in The formation of Croatian national identity
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Liberal reform and the creation of new conflict economies

transforming the local, violent political-economic relationships. More problematic in relation to promoting positive transformation, however, is the insistence by the DSI that the historical and cultural reliance of citizens on public or social enterprises for economic opportunities and protection must be discontinued. Efficiency and performance must now guide the running of enterprises. However, as Pugh notes, ‘the removal of state from economy reinforces reliance of the poor on the shadow coping and survival economies’ (Pugh, 2005b: 13). Removing social provisions through

in Building a peace economy?
Managing the criminal facets of war economies

4062 building a peace economy_2652Prelims 25/11/2013 15:06 Page 85 5 Strengthening the rule of law: managing the criminal facets of war economies IVEN THAT much of the activity surrounding war economies is considered to occur in the criminal realm, strengthening the rule of law (RoL) has come to be seen as central to the DSI’s transformation agenda. In theory, effective investigation, capture and prosecution of criminal actors will help to dismantle ongoing links between illegal economic activities and political violence. Building up the RoL may also act as a

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Protecting borders, confirming statehood and transforming economies?

4062 building a peace economy_2652Prelims 25/11/2013 15:06 Page 138 7 Customs reform: protecting borders, confirming statehood and transforming economies? of commodities across national borders is a primary feature of conflict-related trade, customs services, tasked with monitoring the movement of goods and people across borders, emerge as central institutions in the transformation of war economies. Not only do they deal directly with the problem of smuggling in their work at border crossings, but they are also involved in the investigation and tracking of

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historical situation. However, at its most general, co-operative movements share the objective that members aim to derive a mutually shared benefit from a transaction. Richard Sennett defined co-operation as ‘an exchange in which the participants benefit from the encounter … [and] co-operate to do what they can't do alone’. 3 In Ireland, the form of co-operation analysed in this book occurred in the context of an agrarian economy that contemporaries viewed as losing ground to international competition. A multitude of economic experiments and movements emerged across the

in Civilising rural Ireland
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The economy 1 ➤ The post-war background to economic policy making in Britain ➤ The nature of the post-war economic consensus ➤ The economic ‘revolution’ which took place under Margaret Thatcher after 1979 ➤ The movement away from Thatcherite policies in the 1990s ➤ The policies of the Labour government after 1997 POST-WAR OVERVIEW The end of Empire At the end of World War II it became clear that the best days of the British empire were over. For a number of reasons, policy makers had to face up to the fact that British economic prosperity could no longer rely

in Understanding British and European political issues
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Pleasantville and the textuality of media memory

, colourisation was said to mutilate and destroy the visual pastness that could embed original black and white films within the tissues of cultural and aesthetic memory. While specific issues of copyright law and artistic rights were fought over, assumptions of historicist blockage and memory crisis came to infuse the anti-colourisation campaign. Privileging the creative originality and historical temporality of

in Memory and popular film