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The autonomous life?

narrow streets and canals to a functionalist cityscape that privileged automobile access. Such urban planning was antithetical to a built environment that bred neighborhood cohesion and gezelligheid , a Dutch term that vaguely translates as warm coziness, with connotations of nostalgia and intimacy. In terms of the squatters movement, the Nieuwmarkt campaign enabled the squatters to transition from disparate groups that existed simultaneously to a network of interdependent squatters groups. The

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Security/ Mobility and politics of movement

movement, to origins, destinations, and directions, to means and methods of movement, and many more. But let us first look at how critical security studies have engaged mobility. If we were to pick one major theme, it would probably be that a main characteristic of the current politics of security is that it thrives on the openness of our times. Drawing on the work of Michel Foucault ( 2007 ; 2008 ) who argued that mobility (he

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Passion and politics

racist elements are encountered within the movement but remain adamant that this does not mean the movement itself is racist. They point to the commitment to ‘kicking out racists’ and to making the movementopen to all’ (regardless of colour, ethnicity, faith, gender and sexuality) as evidence of this aspiration. Central to respondents’ understanding of the movement’s non-racism is its hostility towards traditional far right parties (especially the BNP). At the individual level, activists construct a non-racist self by mobilising a narrow definition of racism as

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The past, present and future of the English Defence League

, promos for forthcoming demos or home videos of local divisions ‘on tour’ as part of a bonding practice that sustains the EDL’s ‘one big family’ ethos (see Chapter 7).23 However, social media is also a double-edged sword. While it has allowed the movement to generate and maintain extensive grassroots networks (Jackson, 52 Loud and proud: passion and politics in the EDL 2011b: 72), it opens the movement to ‘trolls’ and other dangerous beasts and is frequently the place where internal squabbles are played out in a destructive manner. Kane had stopped accessing Facebook

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Aspirations to non-racism

Front mean that racist elements are encountered within the movement but remain adamant that this does not signal that the movement itself is racist. Implying that racism has become ‘stuck’ to the organisation rather than the beliefs and actions of its members, its former Chair notes that ‘until I joined the EDL, I never had to … say “I’m not racist”’ (Eddowes, 2015). EDL activists articulate their conviction that the movement is ‘not racist’ through three main narratives: the commitment to kicking out racists; the openness of the EDL to all (regardless of colour

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Transgressing the cordon sanitaire: understanding the English Defence League as a social movement

relation to empirical evidence of rising ‘Islamophobia’ among the wider UK population. The chapter describes the ethnographic approach adopted in the book, which is distinguished by a focus not on organisational structure and ideology but individual activists. The analytic emphasis on the meanings individuals attach to activism, it is argued, not only brings insight into how politics 2 Loud and proud: passion and politics in the EDL and passion are intertwined in the movement but, in so doing, may open avenues for challenging prejudices and stereotypes that constrain

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The ethics and politics of research with the ‘far right’

them on a train at 1 a.m. [because it would be cheaper] … The four of us have family to get back to though and we show each other photos of our kids on our phones. I remember that Jack always takes a present back for his daughter. … He hasn’t managed to this time … When they get off at [names neighbouring city], Jack gives me a big hug and says ‘You’re one of the boys now’. (Field diary, 1 September 2012) may say more about the EDL as a movement than about my research practice. Moreover, openness and lack of hostility are not necessarily benign; motivations for

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Analysing the example of data territorialisation

the (irregular) movement of data and also its limitations and regulations, one has to look at the fixed infrastructures and ‘gates’ governing its mobility (Sheller and Urry 2006 : 212). In the following paragraphs I give a brief introduction to the technical basics of the Internet infrastructure and its predecessor Arpanet. These essentials are: (1) in contrast to traditional telephone

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the squatters movement. He told me, “I grew up with a single mother in a family of seven children. We were forced to find food from the garbage. I’m not going to do that as an adult when I have money. I like nice things and I like to buy new things, not just old, used crap.” In Coen’s case, his openness about his poverty as a child only served to increase his capital in a subculture where class background is not discussed, both to maintain the fiction of classlessness and since many assume the dominance of a

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Data becoming risk information

deployment of data and, later still down the line, how this data becomes actionable information that opens up future emergencies to governance in the here and now. As recent literature in geography (Adey 2006 ; O’Grady 2014 ), sociology (Urry 2007 ) and critical approaches to security (Salter 2013 ) shows, movement needs to be treated in more refined, nuanced, and distinct ways if we are to properly

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