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Imaginaries, power, connected worlds
Jeremy C.A. Smith

visibility over the long term  –​though there are interesting exceptions at the margins of that paradigm that stress long historical processes. Marxist explanations of economic relations focus on the exponential accumulation of economic power in various ways, but are less well equipped when it comes to civilisations as large-​scale complexes. Again, as we have seen there are interesting exceptions at its perimeters where there are openings to other enriching perspectives. Manifold links between societies of a longer pedigree are accentuated in global history and in the

in Debating civilisations
Robert Fine and Philip Spencer

too the supreme relation of man is the legal relation, the relation of laws which apply to him not because they are the laws of his own will and nature but because they dominate him and because breaches of them would be avenged … As soon as society succeeds in abolishing the empirical essence of Judaism – the market and the conditions which give rise to it – the Jew will have become impossible … The social emancipation of

in Antisemitism and the left
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Rodney Barker

throwing flowers at the funeral cortege of Diana Princess of Wales. 10 The history of the population within the changing borders of the political communities of the British Isles is of continuous conflict and shifting relations between a democratic identity and a ruler's identity, with the latter slowly and unevenly distinguishing itself increasingly by its exceptional exemplification of the associative identity shared with those whom the ruler aspires to lead. It will illustrate the dual nature of identity cultivation, whereby on

in Cultivating political and public identity
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Seas, oceans and civilisations
Jeremy C.A. Smith

-​cultural knowledge and capabilities were needed to navigate and organise economic relations. In the era of Omani domination of the cities of East Africa, Afro-​Arab and Swahili brokers were all involved in allying markets in the interior with wider maritime movements within the greater Omani sphere of influence. The modern Omani Empire was thus able to exploit the seasons of the monsoon to link Makran, Muscat and Zanzibar with Asia in an extensive civilisational nexus. In doing so, Oman triangulated three very different mercantile 126 126 Debating civilisations worlds

in Debating civilisations
Nazima Kadir

professions and/or the public sector (particularly in education and welfare), and who have achieved a high educational status and enjoy relative economic security; (b) those in a marginal position in the labour market (e.g. students, unemployed, or peripheral groups such as youth, retired people, middle class housewives) … The core group of activists and supporters is to be found in the first group. (Melucci 1989 : 53) Melucci then considers why individuals from these

in The autonomous life?
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Rodney Barker

aspects of the social world. Everything that is done, and every description in whatever form, has consequences for the ‘moving target’ of identity. There is no certainty in those consequences, but there is a certainty that there will be consequences, and that stasis is impossible. So human responsibility remains, and inaction is only a particular species of action. There is no such thing as ‘a mere observer’ and the highest and shiniest of ivory towers is as much a part of the human market place as the loudest huckster's stall. The dimensions of identity and the

in Cultivating political and public identity
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The autonomous life?
Nazima Kadir

the mayor and the police – rectified the issue on their behalf. To add injury to insult, the mayor, acting in his role as the benevolent father figure of the city, grounded his naughty, punk, squatter children, taking away their liquor license and chiding them for their inability to manage their “playground,” valued at millions in the 2008 real estate market. The incident encapsulates many of the contradictory internal dynamics of the movement which form the basis of examination in this book. Like many social

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

networks, but his sociology of the milieu of creativity can still be usefully applied. In this regard, Latin America’s cities should be counted as centres. Favourable socio-​economic conditions and expansion of urban cultures created ideal public spaces for urban modernism (Miller, 2008: 30–​6). Cities were expanding, especially where high-​volume immigration was involved.Vibrant markets and industries gave the impression of economic dynamism. Education and political systems incorporated the middle classes and touched the working classes for the first time. By the turn

in Debating civilisations
Nazima Kadir

the squatters movement in the Netherlands, including in the social housing system and the private market. Living groups are thorny structures because an expectation exists of cooperatively sharing household tasks and expenses while demonstrating and genuinely feeling an emotional commitment to the group and to one’s housemates. In squats, communal living is further complicated because of the disjuncture between the ideal of a living group – mutual responsibility, cooperation, and emotional connection – and the

in The autonomous life?
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Rodney Barker

insignificant display; they were significant social actions which anyone seeking to reform society needed to take seriously. The ceremonial dress of males: serves to advertise the social, professional, or intellectual standing of the wearer. If you will excuse the humble illustration, your dress fulfils the same functions as the tickets in a grocer's shop. But, here, instead of saying ‘This is margarine; this pure butter; this is the finest butter in the market,’ it says, ‘This man is a clever man – he is

in Cultivating political and public identity