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The autonomous life?
Nazima Kadir

violence. Hence, rather than solely framing anarchists’ participations in black blocs as representing a liberatory future, it would be helpful for the literature to consider how this participation is a demonstration of white privilege and as a result, reinforces hegemony rather than liberation. Research on the European social centers movement (Guzman-Concha 2008 ; Martínez 2007 ; Membretti 2007 ; Mudo 2004 ; 2005 ) similarly neglects internal movement dynamics. Similar to the writing on the women

in The autonomous life?
Perspectives on civilisation in Latin America
Jeremy C.A. Smith

world societies and indigenous civilisations sum up the landscape of contemporary civilisational analysis at the time of writing. Where civilisational analysis has stretched its latitude to examine African, new world and indigenous civilisations, only limited progress has been made. This chapter begins to address these lacunae with modest moves to apply the model of inter-​civilisational engagement outlined in Chapters 4 and 5 to modern 152 152 Debating civilisations perspectives in culture and the arts, politics, theology and political economy produced in Latin

in Debating civilisations
Hannah Arendt’s Jewish writings
Robert Fine and Philip Spencer

Jews, focusing exclusively on ‘the weakness of the Jewish stance in the world’ and writing in a ‘heartless … and malicious tone’ on matters that touched ‘the very quick of our life’. Scholem accused Arendt of lacking love for the Jewish people, Ahabath Israel in Hebrew, which he described as typical of ‘so many intellectuals who came from the German left’. 65 In response, Arendt re-affirmed her cosmopolitan leanings in a clever and honest way by

in Antisemitism and the left
Nazima Kadir

independence according to the gradations of squatter capital, and self-consciously revealing her emotions more strategically. During a private conversation with Jenny, she advised me to hide certain information because, “it makes you look really bad.” Trying to add further insight into this case with the help of social movement studies proves challenging. In social movement studies, there is a dearth of information on micro-level social dynamics within social movement communities. The writing that exists about

in The autonomous life?
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Rodney Barker

much as religious identity is constructed, cultivated, and sustained by language. Language creates both common identities and separation and exclusion. Since the rise of modern nationalism, speaking and writing in the vernacular have been a part of the collective identity of a people or a nation, just as previously a more universal or less geographically rooted and restricted language had been part of the identity of elites: Latin for scholars and clergy throughout European Christendom; French for aristocrats and intellectuals in northern and eastern Europe, where

in Cultivating political and public identity
Jeremy C.A. Smith

destroying our current writing system is not to be compared with a trivial change in clothing, we can boast to the world that it is the beauty of our people’s character thus to follow the good’ (Braisted, 1976: 9). Letters themselves in their elegant and tidy simplicity represented a condensation of Western thinking. Therefore, shibirizeshon would stand in well for ‘civilisation’, so Nishi Amane argued. Debate ensued but the overall proposition was too threatening to a sense of Japanese collectivity. As his propositions received little support, the idea of direct

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The oddity of democracy
Rodney Barker

obliged to go to the theatre, or a browser in a bookshop obliged to buy. The populations of mobilised autocracies may be required to attend parades, but the populations of democracies may do as they wish, when they wish, how they wish. Writing shortly after the end of the Second World War, Quintin Hogg delivered what seemed a witty put-down to active democrats when he wrote that conservatives ‘do not believe that political struggle is the most important thing in life. In this they differ from Communists, Socialists, Nazis, Fascists, Social Creditors and most members of

in Cultivating political and public identity
Robert Fine and Philip Spencer

Army, much of it before he assumed control, 46 but he did have a more acute sense than other Marxists of where it might lead. Norman Geras has suggested that in Trotsky's evocative writing on the pogroms of 1905, we can find the roots of his foreboding in 1938 that with or without war ‘the next development of world reaction signifies with certainty the physical extermination of the Jews’. 47 Trotsky's awareness of the genocidal thrust of Nazi antisemitism showed an ability to

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Seas, oceans and civilisations
Jeremy C.A. Smith

architectural and artistic innovation that accentuates portal features and affects (Murphy, 2001: 27–​ 32). In the nineteenth century, British Romanticism discovered Venice for the rest of Europe. The splendour of the city on the lagoon became the subject of art, writing and poetry as well as a haunt of artists, writers and poets. Byron, Turner, Dickens and John Ruskin popularised Venice, but left out the living city of the day. What they did, however, drew people to the living city. When the railway came, the significance of the watery entrance diminished. Its introduction

in Debating civilisations
Robert Fine and Philip Spencer

. 18 Mehdi Hasan, writing ‘as a Muslim’, caught this mood when he maintained that Je suis Charlie was a symbol of the prejudices of the ‘enlightened liberal West against backward barbaric Muslims’. He wrote that it was premised on double standards, since the journal refused cartoons mocking the Holocaust and had sacked one cartoonist (Maurice Sinet) in 2008 for antisemitic cartoons. Hasan maintained that Charlie Hebdo affirmed a right to offend Muslims

in Antisemitism and the left