, I tax’d [censured] them’ – referring to his Poetaster written, as he put it, ‘on’ Marston. 23 But Jonson also defended his practice by claiming – and a curious claim it is – that he had sufficiently disguised his living models so that no ‘narrow ey’d Decipherers’ could say with certainty who his victims were. That is: the targets of Jonson

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Romantic movement had sought to afford to the individual a higher perception via the imagination, and Pater had not only defended this power of imagination but advocated its extension. His crusade had been embodied, in the words of one of his undergraduates, in a drive to ‘cultivate the art of vivid sensation’. The essential attributes of the Romantic movement had been a ‘vibrant individualism striving to emancipate itself from the false conventions of the age’, coupled with ‘the belief in the higher perception afforded by the imagination’ and a certainty that, ‘ultimate

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emergence of political projects and the sovereign claims that underpin them requires an exploration of the processes of state building. Such mechanisms have rarely proved inclusive; instead, they have typically been inherently exclusionary, leading to people struggling for basic needs. Complicated by the precariousness of modernity, the struggle for certainty pushes people to a range of different identities and ideologies in search for meaning. Amid such factors, regimes seek to maintain power, using a range of logics of governmentality to do so. To understand such

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. French and German statisticians, for example, fought hardest to formulate ‘laws’ that could explain the rate of population growth: the French in order to reason away the decline in their population, the Germans to embellish the importance of the growth of their population. Statistics was a desire for certainty in what seemed to be a rapidly changing world. Collecting, editing and publishing statistics were all part of the control offensive that preceded the nineteenth-century civilisation offensive. Statisticians were particularly interested in social problems that, in

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these would be controlled and managed; secondly, to provide reassurance of the certainty of victory and of official concern for the people’s needs; thirdly, to stimulate patriotic commitment to the war and the war effort. This policy in turn led to the delineation of four main activities: the censoring of the supply and transmission of news and information; the setting of guidelines for the output content of the BBC and the film industry; the monitoring of civilian morale; the production and commissioning of propaganda. Since what people heard and saw – and how they

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sameness. Different relationships to land – in a sense, the crucial original difference – remain one of the more evident and disturbing encounters, particularly since the Mabo decision opened the way for Indigenous people to make claims to native title on certain categories of land. Facing the uncertainty of negotiating mutually acceptable and co-existing land uses rather than the certainty of a single unitary title has proved highly unsettling for many non-indigenous organisations and people. A choice between two options – neither of which is likely to be viable

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A social representation of scientific expertise

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British masculinities, pomophobia, and the post-nation

traditional masculine subject, accelerated by the collapse of the Empire and the incipience of a diversity of minoritarian liberation movements. Look Back in Anger presents us with a young anti-hero about to realise that man’s centre-stage role in society has become precarious and questionable, destabilised by a general loss of certainty, faith and commitment, corrupted by a history of unjust, exploitative rule both at home and in the colonies, compromised by political apathy and opportunism, and contested by various subordinate identities beginning to voice and pursue

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vulnerable in the courtroom. In that setting social, political, and cultural influences can have dramatic consequences. They violate (or perhaps transform?) legal rules, upset (or perhaps confirm?) expectations of legal certainty, and undermine (or perhaps redefine?) what we mean by the trial. The first three chapters concern trials in the regular English criminal courts in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Generally speaking, criminal trials in this period began with an accusation made before a lay magistrate. The accusation was brought by a member of the public or

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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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