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The power of vulnerability

Mobilising affect in feminist, queer and anti-racist media cultures

Edited by: Anu Koivunen, Katariina Kyrölä and Ingrid Ryberg

The power of vulnerability interrogates the new language of vulnerability that has emerged in feminist, queer and anti-racist debates about the production, use and meanings of media. The book investigates the historical legacies and contemporary forms and effects of this language. In today’s media culture, traumatic first-person or group narratives have popular currency, mobilising affect from compassion to rage to gain cultural visibility and political advantage. In this context, vulnerability becomes a kind of capital, a resource or an asset that can and has been appropriated for various groups and purposes in public discourses, activism as well as cultural institutions. Thus, politics of representation translates into politics of affect, and the question about whose vulnerability counts as socially and culturally legible and acknowledged. The contributors of the book examine how vulnerability has become a battleground; how affect and vulnerability have turned into a politicised language for not only addressing but also obscuring asymmetries of power; and how media activism and state policies address so-called vulnerable groups. While the contributors investigate the political potential as well as the constraints of vulnerability for feminist, queer and antiracist criticism, they also focus on the forms of agency and participation vulnerability can offer.

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‘One big family’

Emotion, affect and the meaning of activism

Hilary Pilkington

7 ‘One big family’: emotion, affect and the meaning of activism Following discussion of the ideological dimensions of EDL activism (Chapters 4 and 5) and of the particular ‘injustice frame’ (Jasper, 1998: 398) of ‘second-class citizens’ underpinning the rationalised meanings attached to EDL activism (Chapter 6), attention turns here to the emotional and affective dimensions of activism. The recent rehabilitation of ‘the emotional’ in the field of social movement studies has led to a recognition that emotionality does not equate to irrationality (1998: 398) and

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The invulnerable body of colour

The failure and success of a Swedish film diversity initiative

Mara Lee Gerdén

 submitted an application that included a synopsis of my idea for a TV series –​the main character being a strong woman of colour working as a personal trainer at a gym –​and it was accepted. This is how I ended up as one of the participants of the Fusion Programme of 2016. In this chapter, I examine the affective politics of the Fusion Programme, focusing on tensions between participant motivations and a film policy which, I  argue, balanced conflicting frameworks:  an outspoken effort to attain goals for gender equality, the desire to implement a perspective on diversity, a

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Introduction

The past as prologue

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Kerry Longhurst

capture the link between the past and contemporary security policy. To do this, three distinct, yet interrelated, questions guide the course of the study. The first relates to identification: what is German strategic culture; what are its constituent parts, contours and substance? The second question refers to the notion of change: to what extent and in what form has change in the external security environment after 1989 impacted on German strategic culture? The third question is associated with the theme of behaviour: in what ways does strategic culture affect behaviour

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Tuur Driesser

monitoring device to enable quick detection of pandemic threats – in particular in relation to bioterrorism – and subsequent intervention. Here, this case of the PathoMap as a monitoring device will serve to explore some questions concerning maps and temporality. In particular, the argument will emphasise not the representation of time through maps, but rather the way in which maps themselves affect, direct and produce time. Promoting the Picturing Place project at the University College London ‘Urban Laboratory’, Campkin, Mogilevich and Ross (2014: no pagination) write

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Arthur B. Gunlicks

by the Länder to protect their sphere of responsibility from EU incursions or, at the very least, to participate in the decision making that affects them directly, have been of varying success over the years. However, it seems as if they are now in a stronger position than ever before to influence decisions in Brussels. They also continue to have a modest impact on foreign policy, particularly in the area of foreign aid, where they have been quite successful in very specific areas of activity. The Länder and European integration European integration as a challenge

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Where the buck stops

Governmental power and authority in democratic ecological governance

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Lennart J. Lundqvist

and bureaucracies may lead to confusion as to where the buck really 2579Ch7 12/8/03 11:56 AM Page 185 Where the buck stops 185 stops, thus detracting from governmental authority to effectively pursue sustainable development. Last but not least, we have seen that the pursuit of sustainability has important implications for the democratic dimension of ecological governance and the legitimisation of governmental authority. In the rest of this final chapter, I will discuss how the emerging system of ecological governance in Sweden affects the political authority

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Lennart J. Lundqvist

Democracy and ecological governance 149 not compatible with the need for long-term, sustainable resource management. Or to turn this argument around; the stronger the pursuit of long-term ecological sustainability, the more threatened may be the value of individual autonomy. While ecological governance for sustainability must profoundly affect all and everyone in order to be successful, it cannot achieve legitimacy without offering each and everyone a possibility to participate in the formation and implementation of such governance. Susan Baker has succinctly summarised

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Laura Suski

and intensive model of parenting, affects a more universal and collective call for a global international humanitarianism. While social media provides opportunities to share and discuss information about toy safety, it will be argued that emotion is an important part of humanitarian mobilisation, and that the emotions of consumption are often thwarted by the identity politics of consumption

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Conclusion

Nonreading in late-medieval England

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Heather Blatt

adventure games to interactive books (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2014) and Marie-Laure Ryan, Narrative as virtual reality: immersion and interactivity in literature and electronic media (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003). As Betsy McCormick puts it in the ‘Afterword: medieval ludens’ to Games and gaming, ludic work – whether that of the video games, or a medieval game of chess – ‘both affect[s] and reveal[s] culture’ (215). As I have argued above and throughout, participatory work such as the reading practices assessed herein also affect and