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Peter Morey

have both observed that Mistry deprives his characters of any radical agency in the fraught political situation of the Emergency, instead producing a bleak account at odds with popular opposition to state initiatives both at the time and since. Bhatnagar claims that ‘the text highlights the elements of despair at the cost of presenting an accurate description of the forces of resistance’.25 For her, the character of Avinash provides an embodiment of the resistant spirit abroad at the time, but is too quickly silenced. Nor is any indication given of how the lower

in Rohinton Mistry
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Germany, the use of force and the power of strategic culture
Kerry Longhurst

confirmed through a number of bilateral and trilateral initiatives. Moreover, the ongoing desire to avoid singularity and to maintain its status as a reliable ally has prompted Germany to participate more readily in military deployments, since to abstain would jeopardise its place within the alliance and put it out of step with its allies. In this sense, then, the Bundeswehr is regarded as an armed force within an alliance rather than an embodiment of purely national military strength. The explanation for the endurance of these foundational elements of Germany’s strategic

in Germany and the use of force
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Putting the countryside back to work
David Calder

, in doing so, might bolster the prevailing social order. The etymology of the term is both bodily and spatial: the Latin corporare, meaning to form into or furnish with a body, is readily visible, and historically the word has served to describe the readmission or reabsorption of a geographic area into a larger body politic. I am not merely interested in reincorporation as deployed in the study of improvisation or ritual. I am concerned here with a re-embodiment that facilitates the reorganization of space and the restructuring of time. To reincorporate is to embody

in Street theatre and the production of postindustrial space
Marta Iñiguez de Heredia

reminds us, alternative forms of political organisation are being created. In this sense a further argument could be advanced: if, as Mbembe states, Africa has been portrayed as the ‘embodiment of nothingness’, we might have to rethink Africa as the embodiment of creativity. Survival/DIY activities ‘signal renewal and creativity’ in ways that show ‘Africa […] immeasurably more alive’ (Davidson 1992: 293). Survival is not just a form of accommodation or domination, but also a form of subversion. Although some survival strategies are a direct denial of a claim, such as

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The failure and success of a Swedish film diversity initiative
Mara Lee Gerdén

language of vulnerability, thus disclosing a political and creative potential that stresses agency and embodiment. FUSION AS A DIVERSITY INITIATIVE The background of the Fusion Programme was the 2013 reform for film financing in Sweden.2 This reform aimed at reaching actual and literal gender equality: to divide funding evenly between men and women. In comparison, the diversity goal expressed in the same plan was spineless. Diversity was described as a ‘perspective’: ‘funding shall be given based on the perspective of diversity’.3 The same phrasing is found in the bill

in The power of vulnerability
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Individuality, identification and multidirectional memorialisation in post-genocide Rwanda
Ayala Maurer-Prager

devastation reveals that perceptions of the corpse have had a fascinating journey through Rwandan consciousness that have shifted with the start, duration and end of the violence. This phenomenon results from the shifting processes of identification that attend the shock of persecution, the instinctive impulses towards survival and the need for post-​ violence commemoration, respectively. Rwandan corpse–​ human intersubjective relations possess a history that precedes the corpse’s literal embodiment of the historical moment to which it becomes testimony. Thus

in Human remains in society
Paul Latawski and Martin A. Smith

was the institutional embodiment of a broad Atlantic Community seemed to be the best means of waylaying this negative possibility. One of the first arguments along these lines appeared in The Economist in February 1955. Its editorial comments offered an early definition of what actually constituted the community: It is a group of countries that share certain

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The restructuring of work in Britain
Louise Amoore

politicise restructuring is that the representation of globalisation in Britain is ‘naturalised’ so that the politics of restructuring are nullified. The problem is presented as technical and open to rational solutions, rather than as contestable. Contrary to the conspicuous efforts to remove the politics from discourses of globalisation and flexibility, it can be shown that the programmatic attempts to transform working practices are contradictory, contingent and contested. There is little doubt that Britain has become the embodiment of all that is presumed to be flexible

in Globalisation contested
Missing persons and colonial skeletons in South Africa
Nicky Rousseau

: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (London: Verso, 1983). This funeral was indistinguishable from a guerrilla funeral except for the presence of flags and banners of the 1980s mass democratic movement. M. Ramphele, ‘Political widowhood in South Africa: the embodiment of ambiguity’, Daedalus, 125:1 (Winter 1996), p. 107. Ibid., p. 106. D. McRae, ‘History stalks the torturers who drove Neil Aggett to suicide’, Mail and Guardian, 29 November–5 December 2013. J.  D. Aronson, ‘The strengths and limitations of South Africa’s search for apartheid-era missing

in Human remains and identification
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Antinomies and enticements
Saurabh Dube

articulated with dominant representations of modernity and its spatial-temporal trajectory as a self-realizing project of progress and a self-evident embodiment of history. As worldly knowledge, then, these neat proposals, abiding oppositions, and their constitutive presumptions entered the lives of historical subjects, albeit at different times and in distinct ways. Formidably if variously disseminated as ways of

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