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The plays of Ed Thomas and the cultural politics of South Wales

but what is made clear is that this is work lacking in all dignity and direction. In the desolate self-analysis of the labourer employed at the mine, ‘the dreams have just fallen out of the ears’ consequent on engaging in a work in which ‘I’ve got to go now, see the machine’s Norquay_09_Ch8 144 22/3/02, 10:04 am 145 The plays of Ed Thomas started walking, got to follow the machine’ (66). This is the low-skill employment produced in the postmodern economy which Fredric Jameson described as the global expression of American capitalism (1984: 57), and its all

in Across the margins
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Putting the countryside back to work

, 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
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The Republic and Northern Ireland since 1990

found the Republic highly attractive because of its exceptionally low corporation tax, its stability in industrial relations, and its highly skilled, well-educated, English-speaking workforce. Successive Irish governments proved adept at fiscal management, and the restructuring of the economy and taxation initiated by Haughey and his Finance Minister, Ray MacSharry, in the late 1980s continued under Bertie Ahern and Charlie McCreevy. Between 1995 and 2001 growth in the industrial sector averaged 15 per cent, far outstripping increases in the rest of Europe. In a

in Irish literature since 1990
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Continuous theatre for a creative city

of and improvement upon past repertoires. 138 Working memories From the launch of the Bougainville to the launch of the Great Elephant, the former shipyards in general, and the Naves in particular, emerged as Nantes’ most hotly contested symbolic space. In public meetings, interviews, pamphlets, and the press, defenders and detractors of the Machines de l’île project clashed over how best to commemorate industrial heritage while strengthening Nantes’ position in an increasingly competitive urban-global economy. City leaders have adopted what Laura Levin and Kim

in Street theatre and the production of postindustrial space