Search results

Open Access (free)

engage in dialogue while not forgetting the ruptures that accompany difference. A slow, meticulous process of remaking occurred in New York City after September 11. Gangs of firefighters and others worked in the recovery effort, sifting through the rubble left after the collapse of the World Trade Center in Manhattan.47 In the early pictures, we see them working in human chains, moving the rubble piece by piece, searching for human remains. The workers in New York were endeavouring to separate the remains of the built, insentient structure from what was left of

in Change and the politics of certainty
Open Access (free)

as an atrocity and others as a tragedy, what is to be done? With a few exceptions, scholars concerned with so-called international questions do not seem to have engaged with Grenfell much if at all: presumably because they see it as a local or purely national event.6 It has been left to academics working on architecture, housing, regulation, local government, law, criminology and social policy. That was not the case with the events at the World Trade Center in New York, which were immediately taken up by international relations scholars as requiring their attention

in Change and the politics of certainty
Open Access (free)

to 9/11 Memorial this way’. I turn around. Hoardings surrounding the construction site opposite seem to be showing what it will look like: ‘Shopping and Dining at the World Trade Center’, they announce. OK. So this is going to be the best shopping mall in the world. A shopping mall to beat all shopping malls. How great the US is. I am in need of a pause. The Starbucks on the corner is still there – I enter, order and sit. People around occupied with their devices. It is quiet. After a while I resume. Walk towards Greenwich Street, where the entrance to the memorial

in Change and the politics of certainty
Open Access (free)

. Events, internal and external, inevitably exert pressure on the balance of these individualist and group tendencies. Engagement in foreign conflicts has commonly had integrative effects – they have heightened Americans’ sense of UNITED STATES 239 shared national identity – though in the long term such interventions have also effected profound social and political changes. For instance, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, in 1941, and the terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center and Pentagon, in 2001, had integrative effects: Americans disregarded differences

in Democratization through the looking-glass
Open Access (free)

to convince people of the seriousness, and thus the justifiability, of a cause.’ 24 In this intensely, morbidly, moral world, the more vicious and deadly its conduct the greater the moral aura attached to war. Virtue and crime become indistinguishable. The readiness to violate basic moral norms becomes the measure of moral worth. One commentator, struggling to make sense of the thinking behind the attack on the World Trade Center

in Political concepts
Open Access (free)

missing-person posters – or, in the case of children missing in the United States in the past, on milk cartons. If the disappearance is part of a larger-scale catastrophe – the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York in 2001, or the Asian tsunami of 2004, for example – the images will be displayed alongside those of other people’s missing friends and relations. When large-scale disappearances are orchestrated by a tyrannical regime, blown-up pictures of those abducted and tortured are held aloft by people protesting the disappearances in demonstrations and

in Change and the politics of certainty
Letter to M. Cavell about cinema (a remake)

the first moon landing, for example, or the destruction of the Berlin Wall, or the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, as each of them happened I had an experience that cannot be resurrected either by viewing those events on videotape or in any kind of dramatic recreation. But events like these are exceptional and certainly do not give us an understanding of what goes on

in Cinema, democracy and perfectionism