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The computer game as fictional form
Author: Barry Atkins

This book is dedicated to the study of computer games in terms of the stories they tell and the manner of their telling. It applies practices of reading texts from literary and cultural studies to consider the computer game as an emerging mode of contemporary storytelling. The book contains detailed discussion of narrative and realism in four of the most significant games of the last decade: ‘Tomb Raider’, ‘Half-Life’, ‘Close Combat’, and ‘Sim City’. It recognises the excitement and pleasure that has made the computer game such a massive global phenomenon.

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Governing Precarity through Adaptive Design
Mark Duffield

This paper provides a critical analysis of post-humanitarianism with reference to adaptive design. At a time when precarity has become a global phenomenon, the design principle has sidelined the need for, or even the possibility of, political change. Rather than working to eliminate precarity, post-humanitarianism is implicated in its reproduction and governance. Central here is a historic change in how the human condition is understood. The rational Homo economicus of modernism has been replaced by progressive neoliberalism’s cognitively challenged and necessarily ignorant Homo inscius. Solidarity with the vulnerable has given way to conditional empathy. Rather than structural outcomes to be protected against, not only are humanitarian crises now seen as unavoidable, they have become positively developmental. Post-humanitarianism no longer provides material assistance – its aim is to change the behaviour of the precariat in order to optimise its social reproduction. Together with the construction of logistical mega-corridors, this process is part of late-capitalism’s incorporation of the vast informal economies of the global South. Building on progressive neoliberalism’s antipathy towards formal structures and professional standards, through a combination of behavioural economics, cognitive manipulation and smart technology, post-humanitarianism is actively involved in the elimination of the very power to resist.

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Mark B. Brown

as a global phenomenon, climate change is invisible to the human senses. Climate change has various local impacts, but the extent to which any particular impact is related to climate change can only be discerned with climate science. Gore’s film addressed these challenges by combining personal stories from his life with scenes of him presenting a slide show and talking to audiences about climate science. In some respects, Pearce and Nerlich argue, An Inconvenient Truth goes beyond a traditional ‘deficit model’ of science communication, which sees the key barrier to

in Science and the politics of openness
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Iain Lindsey, Tess Kay, Ruth Jeanes, and Davies Banda

than single studies offer. Throughout the book, we attempt to develop understanding of SfD within Zambia by positioning our local studies in relation to analysis of SfD as a global phenomenon. This analysis commences in Chapter 1 , which considers global and international dimensions of SfD and reviews the burgeoning literature that has emerged alongside it. The chapter examines the global emergence of the SfD ‘movement’ and its alignment with

in Localizing global sport for development
David Larsson Heidenblad

important. In broad syntheses, Ramachandra Guha and Joachim Radkau have shown that the breakthrough of environmental issues really was a global phenomenon. 13 What happened in Stockholm and New York in the 1970s had counterparts in Tokyo and New Delhi. When applying a global viewpoint, however, it is by no means easy to spot the individuals who made things happen in various contexts. Even very influential actors, such as Hans Palmstierna in the Swedish context, tend to become invisible. Eleven-year-old Mats Lidström would

in The environmental turn in postwar Sweden
Applied drama, ‘sympathetic presence’ and person-centred nursing
Matt Jennings, Pat Deeny, and Karl Tizzard-Kleister

improving the performance of care in general. Such a systematic approach to communication training appears to be an urgent necessity. Health care simulation is a global phenomenon, rich in potential as a pedagogical methodology (Aggarwal et al ., 2010 ), yet the research literature has repeatedly identified a need for more systematic approaches to training and evaluation in communication skills (Hallenbeck, 2012 ; Levett-Jones and Lapkin, 2014 ). A 2016 ‘review of reviews’ covering dozens of international studies in the field of health care simulation, identified a

in Performing care
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Tim Di Muzio and Richard H. Robbins

; Jackson and Dyson 2013; Pettifor 2014 ). For the most part, these are all valuable contributions to our knowledge. However, our study seeks to cut across these boundaries to provide a more foundational, historically sensitive, and comprehensive theorization of debt as an interconnected global phenomenon. In this light, our book is unique for two main reasons. First, rather than focus on the historical emergence of debt as a moral obligation, country-specific debt, or periodic financial crises related to debt, we are interested in the production of commercial money as

in Debt as Power
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From wasted time to damaged goods
Kinneret Lahad

successful maintenance of a patriarchal, ageist temporal order. In other words, the temporal market rhetoric is presented as connected to the individualized decisions of the male consumer, and decontextualizes these decisions from its patriarchal tone. This outlook is instilled with strong overtones of panic and blame. For instance, this tone is vividly illustrated when single women are accused of being “too selective,” as well as in the popular demographic discourses discussed earlier. Marking single women as being too selective appears to be a global phenomenon, whereby

in A table for one
Corpse, bodypolitics and contestation in contemporary Guatemala
Ninna Nyberg Sørensen

: GHRC/USA), www.ghrc-usa.org/Publications/Femicide_Law_ ProgressAgainstImpunity.pdf. Heinrich Böll Stiftung, 2009, From Mexico to Lima: Feminicide: A Global Phenomenon? (Brussels: Heinrich Böll Stiftung/The European Union). Hernández-Salazar, D., 2000, So That All Shall Know/Para que todos lo sepan, photographs by Daniel Hernández-Salazar, ed. Oscar Iván Maldonado (Austin: University of Texas Press). International Crisis Group, 2011, ‘Guatemala: Drug Trafficking and Violence’, Latin American Report 39, 11 October 2011. Lagarde, M., 2006, Feminicidio: una perspectiva

in Governing the dead
On last animals and future bison
Joshua Schuster

extinct – index numerical crises but also each imply a culturally specific and even ontologically changed conditions.2 Another example can be found in the proliferation of ‘last’ books on animals: The Last Tiger, The Last Lions, The Last Panda, The Last Polar Bear, The Last of the Curlews, Last Chance to See, Last Animals at the Zoo. The depletion of animal populations has become such a global phenomenon that, as the journalist J. B. MacKinnon puts it, ‘We live in a 10 Percent World’ (2013: 38). To a striking degree, animal populations worldwide have been diminished to

in Literature and sustainability