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Costa , D. and Sandstrom K . ( 2013 ), Paradoxes of Presence. Risk Management and Aid Culture in Challenging Environments , Humanitarian Policy Group ( London : Overseas Development Institute ). Duffield , M. ( 2010 ), ‘ Risk-Management and the Fortified Aid Compound: Everyday Life in Post-Interventionary Society ’, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Humanitarianism in a Post-Liberal World Order

looking on that the catastrophe has been contained . It is a kind of quarantine effect, whereby what frightens observers is the idea of uncontrolled, ongoing, unpredictable suffering. Humanitarians arrive to create a moment of ‘new normal’ where the flow has been stemmed, the hole plugged. The Ebola response is an example of this – the vast cost in life and suffering and the everyday life experiences of West Africans in the communities affected are all but invisible now because the breach was contained. What normal does is obscure and disguise

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Santner’s account of being in the midst of life in his book On the Psychotheology of Everyday Life.6 If the study of how people remember the past is framed within or by an attempt to change the future, how can that be appropriate given the general challenge to commonly held notions of past, present and future implicit in memory studies, and especially studies of traumatic memory? La Jetée Chris Marker’s La Jetée is a film framed by a traumatic event – an event that stays ‘stored there in [the] eyes’ of the protagonist of the film, a man whose story we are told but who

in Change and the politics of certainty
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How anarchism still matters

intervention that unaccountable corporate bodies such as the World Trade Organisation are having on everyday life. The spaces that open up as a result of the contradictions and complexities of social life are also important in realising the potential that can be actualised through considering popular culture as an area where anarchism matters. To fully appreciate these possibilities, along with many other areas of likely intervention and influence, we suggest that the kind of anarchism (or even anarchisms) that is required for the future should be a non-dogmatic, flexible

in Changing anarchism
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of local justice. The extent of unpredictability and confusion in the legal system was so great that it led one informant to muse plaintively, ‘When will this democracy be over?’ (Lund 1998: 204). One might ask, then, if anthropology has little to contribute to the instrumental agenda of democratization, what views do anthropologists have about the factors promoting or hindering mechanisms of political accountability, equity and justice in everyday life? For insights we can turn to an emerging wave of political anthropology. Compensating for decades of indifference

in Democratization through the looking-glass

– legitimisation of the ‘abnormal’ Many of the aforementioned distinctions between normal and invalid categories of behaviour can also be seen in established perceptions of ‘art’ and how it intersects with everyday life. Understanding how this happens is therefore important 150 Part II Doing if we want to claim that art can provide an opportunity for liberation. This section looks at how art comes to be categorised in ways that sometimes prevent liberation. Radical art movements, from Dada, the Surrealists to the Situationist International have constantly emphasised the need

in Changing anarchism
Labour, the people and the ‘new political history’

often non-pivotal place in everyday life and the dissonance as much as the dialogue between politics and the popular. The ‘new political history’ alerts historians to the manifold relations between politics and the people. If parties are more than reflectors of social change, voters are more than passive receptors of ideas. The ability of parties to construct or mobilise support was not limitless. Parties were not at liberty to construct politics irrespective of their supposed audience and were also constrained by their lack of resources and by the resistance of

in Interpreting the Labour Party

fields of natural biology, geography and sociology, and whose most famous work Mutual aid (1993) was designed to test Darwin’s ideas on the competitive nature of the non-human (and by default) human world. The application of the respective ideas of sociology and anarchism into either social policy or the realm of everyday life is clearly something where the former has enjoyed more success. However, the ideals of anarchism have also trickled into the public realm, particularly in town planning at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries (Hall

in Changing anarchism
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Stirner, anarchy, subjectivity and the art of living

spontaneous creativity, anarchist subjectivity is marked for Bey by imagination and invention, and hence finds its most appropriate mode of expression in poetic language. Stirner, anarchy, subjectivity and the art of living 57 Anarchist subjectivity emerges in his work as a synonym for poetic subjectivity, and anarchist revolt as a synonym for the immediate realisation of the creative or poetic imagination in everyday life. Anarchy, in short, remains a condition of embodied or lived poetry. The notion of lived poetry originates with the situationists, who contrast lived

in Changing anarchism
The Ecuadorian experience

, in the political culture, in social practices, in everyday life. Notes 1 I write this chapter in my individual capacity. However, I have based my observations and analysis on my experience as a national leader of the Ecuadorian Women’s Political Coordinating Organization. 130 CASE STUDIES 2 The panorama of the women’s movement has been changing towards a greater diversity of views. 3 Currently, the National Office for Planning, the Secretary of State and the Social Front. 4 The presence of CPME on this stage created a permanent channel for communications with

in Mainstreaming gender, democratizing the state?