The tragedy (and comedy) of accelerated modernisation
Kieran Keohane
Carmen Kuhling

7 Millenarianism and utopianism in the new Ireland: the tragedy (and comedy) of accelerated modernisation KIERAN KEOHANE and CARMEN KUHLING There is a mode of vital experience – experience of space and time, of the self and others, of life’s possibilities and perils – that is shared by men and women all over the world today. I will call this body of experience ‘modernity’. To be modern is to find ourselves in an environment that promises us adventure, power, joy, growth, transformation of ourselves and the world – and, at the same time, that threatens to

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Brad Millington
Brian Wilson

provocative and valuable. Most of all, Blackwelder’s vision of golf’s (organic) future can be seen as a step towards unsettling established wisdom on golf’s relationship with the environment in a ‘ radical but non-partisan ’ and ‘ utopian but realistic ’ way. It is radical because it suggests a transformational response to golf-related environmental problems: to carry out Blackwelder’s vision would mean to undermine existing relationships between the chemical industry and golf industry, thus

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Architecture, Building and Humanitarian Innovation
Tom Scott-Smith

research presented in this paper emerges from interviews and fieldwork conducted between 2016 and 2019 as part the Architectures of Displacement project, which was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of the UK and managed from the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford. 2 In the next section of this article, I set out a series of common criticisms of architecture by humanitarians, pointing to frequently unrealistic utopianism and a lack of practicality. In the second

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Governing Precarity through Adaptive Design
Mark Duffield

), The Impact of Increased Self-Employment and Insecure Work on the Public Finances ( London : Trades Union Congress ). Turner , F. ( 2006 ), From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism ( Chicago and London : University of Chicago Press ). UNDP ( 2008 ), Creating Value for All: Strategies for Doing Business with the Poor ( New York : United Nations Development Programme ). UNGP ( 2009 ) ‘ United

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Humanitarianism in a Post-Liberal World Order
Stephen Hopgood

is our mission, our ethical foundation, our cause? The structural forces that shape the world of pain and its palliatives are well beyond the scope of any vision of wholesale change. We can no longer be utopians, at least for a while. Moderating the borders of suffering might be all that is feasible. If humanitarians must believe that something can be done , then let them concentrate on the here and now, in rendering help to this person, for a brief moment, or for the fortunate few on whom the spotlight alights. Let them be active in their

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Critical reflections on the Celtic Tiger

Sexual images and innuendo have become commonplace in contemporary advertising; they often fail to register in any meaningful way with the audience. This book examines the essentially racist stereotypes through which Irish people have conventionally been regarded have been increasingly challenged and even displaced perhaps by a sequence of rather more complimentary perspectives. The various developments that are signified within the figure of the Celtic Tiger might be considered to have radically altered the field of political possibility in Ireland. The enormous cuts in public expenditure that marked this period are held to have established a desirable, stable macroeconomic environment. The Celtic Tiger shows that one can use the rhetoric about 'social solidarity' while actually implementing policies which increase class polarisation. The book discusses the current hegemonic construction of Ireland as an open, cosmopolitan, multicultural, tourist-friendly society. The two central pieces of legislation which currently shape Irish immigration policy are the 1996 Refugee Act and the Immigration Bill of 1999. The book offers a critical examination of the realities of the Celtic Tiger for Irish women. Processes of nation state formation invariably invoke homogeneous narratives of ethnicity and national identity. To invoke a collective subject of contemporary Ireland rhetorically is to make such a strategic utopian political assumption. For the last few hundred years, the Gaeltacht has exemplified the crisis of Irish modernity. Culture becomes capital, and vice versa, while political action increasingly consists of the struggle to maintain democratic autonomy in the face of global market forces.

Gender, sexual difference and knowledge in Bacon’s New Atlantis
Kate Aughterson

sexualised and gendered metaphors in a more complex way than critical history allows. Was he really the ‘founding father’7 of a binary epistemology that linked reason, masculinity and knowledge in contradistinction to feeling, femininity and matter? The metaphors of chaste marriages and legitimate children certainly invoke the discourse of seventeenth-century patriarchy, but it is noticeable that the description of marriage is one of mutuality and equity (‘nature to be commanded must be obeyed’). Bacon’s utopian text, the New Atlantis, is both a literal representation and

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Critique and utopia in Benita Parry’s thought
Laura Chrisman

chapter11 21/12/04 11:28 am Page 164 11 You can get there from here: critique and utopia in Benita Parry’s thought Benita Parry is justly acclaimed as an exemplary demystifier – the thinker who has provided unsurpassed critiques of the neo-colonial elements that lurk in the work of some postcolonial critics and creative writers. Less acclaimed are the affirmative, even utopian elements of Parry’s intellectual project. Her writings, from imperialism to postcolonial theory to resistance, articulate optimistic belief in the achievability of political solidarity

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Reading SimCity
Barry Atkins

basic framework of SimCity’s offer of limitless possibility would seem to invite positively ‘utopian’ readings. The term ‘utopia’, which has its origin in a coinage of Thomas More’s for the title of his sixteenth-century political and philosophical tract, famously amalgamates the Greek words for both ‘no-place’ and ‘good-place’, which would appear to have a specific application to this form or game-fiction, just as ‘half-life’ or de Man’s ‘space between’ proved useful in approaching earlier texts.9 We certainly have been exposed to its inversion, the dystopian ‘bad

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Kevin Harrison
Tony Boyd

claims to universal validity? Is utopian socialism mere daydreaming? Which is the more important of socialism’s claims: justice or efficiency? Does common ownership equate with state ownership? Do socialists mean more by equality than liberals do? Is socialism in Britain simply what the Labour Party does? Is there a future for socialism? The general diffusion of manufacturers throughout a country generates a new character in its

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