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Quality and processes of qualification

good, and how might such goodness be established in a non-arbitrary and non-self-interested way? Claims to quality, like claims to value or good taste, become highly problematical in the face of such questions. Several of the chapters contribute very useful clarifications of some of the issues involved, particularly because they are addressing substantive items in the social realm rather than dealing with them at a purely abstract epistemic level. Between them, the authors make a very sound case for the existence of many relevant qualities, or different dimensions of

in Qualities of food
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Why anarchism still matters

James Bowen and Jonathan Purkis Introduction: why anarchism still matters Global matters In February 2002, Commander Brian Paddick, then Police Chief for the (London) Metropolitan Borough of Brixton, posted the following message on the direct action discussion forum The concept of anarchism has always appealed to me. The idea of the innate goodness of the individual that is corrupted by society or the system. It is a theoretical argument but I am not sure everyone would behave well if there were no laws and no system. I believe there are many

in Changing anarchism
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Language games in the Kosovo war

. There were numerous problems with the Yugoslavian system of phantasmata . It lacked internal consistency and credibility, but, most importantly, the reactive nature of its counter-‘magic’ could not resist and compete with Western efforts to capture the Kosovo-sign. The problem was not so much that Yugoslavia did not have powerful images in its arsenal. The main reason why Belgrade appeared so

in Mapping European security after Kosovo

, it exists only as practices, and its codes are no more than partially articulated recognition of its sedimented forms.52 Genre is not just a way of writing: it is a way of reading, too. It is where reading and writing meet. Genre – with all its signs, both textual and extra-textual – forms a horizon of expectations. Genre is the context of a work that both frames it and makes it comprehensible, as it were, ‘externally’ and gives it a shape ‘internally’. Works – in their creation, in their reception – are suffused by context, by the language games they inhabit, and

in The new aestheticism
Community, language and culture under the Celtic Tiger

Sheáin (23 July), in which bonfires would be lit on heights. Children would ignite wads of paraffin-soaked rags in the fire and throw them like flaming missiles into the air. Fóid choise or ‘travelling sods’ of turf were taken from the fires and hurled at animals and into fields, and placed in family hearths – using ‘other world’ power to ensure the fertility of individual hearths in the coming harvest.2 The advertisement, though, ran this ritual backwards – people brought fire to the central fire. It was as if this Telecom flotation ritual siphoned off goodness from

in The end of Irish history?
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entry, which should have taught me that flattery gets you nowhere. A couple of years later, at my second primary school when I was eight or nine, my school report from Mr Hurst says ‘If I had a class full of Janets, what a wonderful class that would be’. I think my parents were very pleased with that one. It’s many years ago, but I am pretty sure that underneath the pleasure at such praise and, even more, at my parents’ approval, was an extremely faint, much suppressed, feeling of rebellion against this Compulsory Goodness. I wonder if I was rather envious when my

in Austerity baby

advanced the claim that the Serbs were religiously, culturally, and racially part of an Eastern and therefore inferior civilisation, while the Croats were more Western, more enlightened, better educated, and more democratic. S 98 2441Chapter4 16/10/02 8:04 am Page 99 Croatia, ‘Greater Serbianism’, and the East–West conflict The beginnings of Croatian nationalism In contrast to the rise of nationalism in Serbia, Croatian nationalism was not a reactive phenomenon to internal events. There were no Albanians harassing Croats in the ‘provinces’, and no minority within

in Balkan holocausts?
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The Second World War and the Balkan Historikerstreit

politicking, and a reluctance to land Allied troops in Dalmatia to support an indigenous Croatian rebellion. However, he noted that the putsch did succeed internally, since civil and military authorities were ready to depose the government and work with the Allies for a democratic independent Croatia.19 Omerčanin was clearly trying to vindicate the Ustaša position, using anecdotal evidence to prove that the leading lights of the movement were also anti-fascist. For Omerčanin, the former Ustaša chargé d’affairs in Berlin, this putsch may have been a useful means of

in Balkan holocausts?

Master says, a little crudely, that perhaps I shall be ready to shout with the crowd, when the crowd is large enough. May this indicate an uneasy suspicion in his mind that the crowd in whose interest I am already feebly bleating, may turn out to be the larger after all? Benson also criticised the University for using its authority to attempt to impose a private, internal scheme of compulsion, a matter which Benson felt was outside the natural province of the institution. He accepted that the country as a whole could impose such a scheme on the University but not the

in A war of individuals
Colonialism, Jewishness and politics in Bacon’s New Atlantis

New Atlantis from foreign interference. James’s foreign policy was based on the essential weakness of England’s position as he sought to construct England as a diplomatic buffer between warring Catholic and Protestant nations in Europe. By maintaining cordial relations with each of these states or monarchies, whose interests were opposed to each other, England could, James believed, fashion a decisive role for itself.27 One effect of King Solamona’s isolationist policy was New Atlantis’s concentration upon the organisation of its own internal workings at an optimum

in Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis