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Nuns’ narratives in early modern Venice
Mary Laven

reveal the history of criminal justice, that is the workings, policies and personnel of the courts. This position has been elegantly contested in a published debate between the two Italian historians, Mario Sbriccoli and Edoardo Grendi. While Sbriccoli argues that it is an illusion to believe that we can learn anything from criminal records beyond the history of legal institutions, Grendi insists that they shed light on the social practices which the magistrates seek to discipline.13 Interestingly, these problems seem to have been more troubling in the late 1980s than

in Judicial tribunals in England and Europe, 1200–1700
José López Mazz

Uruguayan dictatorship (1973–84) one must take into account its different antecedents, which contributed to the political violence that took place in the River Plate region The military dictatorship in Uruguay   85 in the second half of the twentieth century and further developed its particular characteristics. Violent social practices in this region have an ancient cultural significance, and they brought their own rhythm to the area’s long-term historical processes. Acts of genocide, mass graves, clandestine grave sites, and the destruction of bodies form part of a

in Human remains and identification
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Roslyn Kerr

technology develops separately from the social context where it is used, but that, once used, it then determines social practice (Roe Smith and Marx, 1994 ). At the other extreme end, it is theorised that technology and its resulting consequences are initiated entirely by social actors, a theory that falls under the vague category of the social shaping of technology, or SST (Bijker and Law, 1992 ; Mackenzie and Wajcman, 1999 ; Rosen, 1993 ; Varney, 2002 ). For example, Rosen ( 1993 ) argued that the specific design of the mountain

in Sport and technology
Ciarán O’Kelly

democracy need to be somehow anchored in the political culture of each country. Constitutional principles can neither take shape in social practices nor become the driving force for the dynamic project of creating an association of free and equal persons until they are situated in the historical context of a nation of citizens in such a way that they link up with those citizens’ motives and

in Political concepts
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Michael Lawrence and Rachel Tavernor

’s decision-making process during a crisis, and ultimately to amplify rather than silence the voices of children. The section concludes with chapter 9 , ‘Selling the Lottery to Earn Salvation: Journalism Practice, Risk and Humanitarian Communication’, in which Jairo Lugo-Ocando and Gabriel Andrade explore the tensions between journalism and humanitarianism as social practices, and examine the potential for representations of suffering to address the

in Global humanitarianism and media culture
Louise Amoore

way, the principal characteristic of all industrial societies is that progress is dependent upon the absorption of exogenous technological advances and the adaptation of social practices to their dictates. The assumption is that the ‘more modern’ is always the ‘more superior’ (Kerr et al., 1962: 279) so that the diversity of the preindustrial world is gradually homogenised through the advancement of technology: ‘Technology is a unifying force. At one moment in time there may be several best economic combinations or social arrangements, but only one best technology

in Globalisation contested
An introduction to the book
Colin Coulter

Captive State suggest that we need to adopt a more critical stance than is often the case when approaching the rather more abstract affairs that define the sphere of human ideas. The two distinctive understandings of modernity that we have examined here would appear to advocate starkly different political agendas. In the more significant realm of actual social practice, however, it soon becomes apparent that these seemingly divergent readings of ‘the modern’ frequently give rise to remarkably similar ideological enterprises. Social democrats may well be sincere in their

in The end of Irish history?
Towards atypology of the treatment of corpses of ‘disappeared detainees’ in Argentinafrom 1975 to 1983
Mario Ranalletti

30 31 32 33 34 DHR.indb 170 tareas de inteligencia: estudio de caso a partir de los reglamentos del Ejército argentino (1968–1976)’, paper presented at the Second International Meeting ‘Análisis de las Prácticas Sociales Genocidas’ (‘Analysis of Social Practices in Genocide’), Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, 20–22 November 2007. On 25 May 1973, after more than seventeen years of its proscription, the Peronist movement returned to government following the 11 March 1973 elections. This was seen as a defeat for the military and its

in Destruction and human remains
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Emotion, affect and the meaning of activism
Hilary Pilkington

or many participants and can thread across a scene, a site or an institution (2012: 13). This is important for this study of EDL activism because it allows a fresh look at the question of collective (or ‘crowd’) behaviour by asking how affect moves from one body to another. Rejecting notions of transmission as ‘contagion’ or chemically induced ‘entrainment’ (2012: 146), it is argued that affect is not generated randomly or universally but is communicated in crowds with shared identity and social practices; this makes actions and affect intelligible to those inside

in Loud and proud
A summary discussion
Bonnie Clementsson

between related people were at their most popular. Earlier scholars hence focused on various aspects of the phenomenon of incest, but no one has specifically investigated the social practice of legal application and its long-term changes. Here my investigation differs from what has been done before. By allowing it to cover a longer period of time, and to include different arenas in society, I have been able to extend the perspective, which has provided a better overview of the changes that took place. This has enabled me to identify ideological

in Incest in Sweden, 1680–1940