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Architecture, Building and Humanitarian Innovation
Tom Scott-Smith

shelter from the rain. I saw a white modernist building lit up in the dark, tucked away in a far corner of the Giardini. I ran to take cover. It featured an exhibit called Places for People : a sparse but simply furnished demonstration of real interventions rather than idealistic projections, describing three projects that had worked with refugees to make modest but important improvements to their emergency shelters. The ideas were a refreshing change from the rest of the

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Bridget Byrne
Carla De Tona

2 Imagining places Introduction This chapter considers the spatial nature of school choice and introduces the three areas in Greater Manchester in which the study took place: Cheadle Hulme, Chorlton and Whalley Range. In the UK, despite the diversification of different types of schools and modes of admission, schooling remains driven by location. Given that ‘choice’ is limited (discussed further in Chapter 3), the clearest way for families to exercise choice over schooling in the public sector is to move to be nearer a desirable school. Every year, newspapers

in All in the mix
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Irish drama since 1990
Clare Wallace
Ondrej Pilný

9780719075636_4_003.qxd 16/2/09 9:24 AM Page 43 3 Home places: Irish drama since 1990 Clare Wallace and OndPej PilnM To appraise Irish theatre of the recent past is an ominous task; to attempt to predict what might be remembered in the future a treacherous one. From 1990 to mid-2006 the Irish Playography database lists 842 plays, devised pieces and adaptations produced in Ireland by Irish theatre companies and other commercial bodies. Since 1990 critical interest in Irish theatre has grown rapidly, spurred on in part by the Abbey Theatre centenary in 2004

in Irish literature since 1990
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Contemporary Irish and Scottish fiction
Glenda Norquay
Gerry Smyth

9 Waking up in a different place: contemporary Irish and Scottish fiction GLENDA NORQUAY AND GERRY SMYTH In his 1994 essay entitled ‘The lie of the land: some thoughts on the map of Ireland’, the Irish journalist and cultural commentator Fintan O’Toole made the point that although Dublin and Edinburgh are equidistant from the Rhine, the latter city, according to a certain German map of Europe’s new economically defined regions, was part of the core whereas Dublin is part of the outer periphery, simply because Edinburgh is more accessible and richer. In this

in Across the margins
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Burying the dead in times of pandemic
Diane O’Donoghue

Both historical and contemporary records of mass contagion provide occasions for visibility to persons who otherwise remain little recognised and even less studied: those who bury the dead. While global reports attest to self-advocacy among cemetery workers in the current COVID-19 pandemic, the psychological complexities of their labour go virtually unseen. Findings on the experiences of those doing such work reveal a striking contrast. While societal disavowal often renders their task as abject and forgettable, those who inter the remains frequently report affective connections to the dead that powerfully, and poignantly, undermine this erasure. Acknowledging such empathic relationality allows us to look at this profession in areas where it has never been considered, such as psychoanalytic work on ‘mentalisation’ or in contemporary ethics. The article concludes with an example from the accounts of those who have buried the dead in the massed graves on New York’s Hart Island.

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Changing meanings of the countryside in northern Italy
Jaro Stacul

2 A ‘private place’? Changing meanings of the countryside in northern Italy Jaro Stacul Introduction The relationship between official discourses and the ways they are understood at different levels of the national community is one of the most intriguing issues in the social sciences. The study of competing discourses about the countryside in late modernity provides an opportunity for casting light on such relationship, and this chapter sets out to explore how meanings attached to the Italian countryside are affected by changing political ideologies, most

in Alternative countrysides
Listening to the Campanaccio of San Mauro Forte
Nicola Scaldaferri

This chapter concerns the nocturnal parade of carriers of large cowbells in San Mauro Forte, a village of 1400 inhabitants, at 540m above sea level, within the hilly region west of the town of Matera. This event offers the opportunity to explore some crucial issues discussed in this book, in particular the role of sound in creating a sense of community beyond its symbolic functions, the function of rhythm and bodily involvement in the creation of a group identity, the relationship between sound and the space of the village where the event takes place, and the

in Sonic ethnography
An ephemeral Indian stain on privileged areas of Santiago
Claudio Alvarado Lincopi

Nor will the dead be safe from the enemy, if the enemy wins. And this enemy has not ceased to be victorious. (Walter Benjamin) Places of memory, spaces where collective memory crystallises and takes refuge, are ephemeral and volatile for diasporic peoples. Migration forces a metaphorical permanent renewal of the territorial tie with an abandoned space in material terms and, at the same time, it

in Performing the jumbled city

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