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A Small Man's England

A Small Man's England

Author: Tommy Sissons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2021

IS THE WHITE WORKING CLASS RIGHT-WING? AND IS IT RIGHT-WING TO EVEN SPEAK OF A WHITE WORKING CLASS ?In recent decades, as class consciousness has been suppressed and eroded, many white working-class men have turned their backs on the left in favour of the right and the far-right. Why is this?A Small Man's England is a polemic aimed at the structures of hierarchy that ceaselessly maintain power across Britain and elsewhere, and a call for multicultural solidarity amongst the working class. In analysing the roles that class, race, masculinity and nationality play in neoliberal Britain, Sissons offers a solution to the indoctrination of white working-class English men by the right and the far-right, and explores how working-class people can collectively shape a Common England - a country based on equality and justice for all.

Diaspora Entrepreneurs and Contested States

Diaspora Entrepreneurs and Contested States

Why do conflict-generated diasporas mobilize in contentious and non-contentious ways or use mixed strategies of contention? Why do they channel their homeland-oriented goals through host-states, transnational networks, and international organizations? This book develops a theory of socio-spatial positionality and its implications for the individual agency of diaspora entrepreneurs, moving beyond considering diasporas as groups. The book develops a novel typology of four types of diaspora entrepreneurs - Broker, Local, Distant, and Reserved - depending on the relative strength of their socio-spatial linkages to host-land, on the one hand, and original homeland (de facto states) and other global locations, on the other. A two-level typological theory captures nine causal pathways unravelling how the socio-spatial linkages of diaspora entrepreneurs interact with external factors: host-land foreign policies, homeland governments, parties, non-state actors, critical events, or limited global influences to produce varying levels of contention. Non-contentious pathways often take place when host-state foreign policies are convergent with the goals of diaspora entrepreneurs, and when they act autonomously. Dual-pronged contention pathways occur quite often, under the influence of homeland governments, non-state actors, and political parties. The most contentious pathway occurs in response to violent critical events in the homeland or adjacent to it fragile states. The book is informed by long-term fieldwork and 300 interviews, and based on a dataset of 146 interviews with diaspora entrepreneurs among the Albanian, Armenian, and Palestinian diasporas connected to de facto states, Kosovo, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Palestine respectively. Interviews were conducted in the UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland, as well as Kosovo and Armenia in the European neighbourhood.

Migration and Political Theory

Migration and Political Theory

Author: Gillian Brock Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/01/2021

Migration dominates contemporary politics across the world, and there has been a corresponding surge in political theorizing about the complex issues that it raises. In a world in which borders seem to be solidifying while the number of displaced people soars, how should we think about the political and ethical implications of human movement across the globe? In this book, Gillian Brock, one of the leading figures in the field, lucidly introduces and explains the important historical, empirical and normative context necessary to get to grips with the major contemporary debates. She examines issues ranging from the permissibility of controlling borders and the criteria states can justifiably use to underpin their migration management policies through to questions of integration, inclusion and resistance to unjust immigration laws. Migration and Political Theory is essential reading for any student, scholar, or reader who seeks to understand the political theory and ethics of migration and movement in the 21st century.

Migration and Political Theory

Migration and Political Theory

Author: Gillian Brock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2021

Migration dominates contemporary politics across the world, and there has been a corresponding surge in political theorizing about the complex issues that it raises. In a world in which borders seem to be solidifying while the number of displaced people soars, how should we think about the political and ethical implications of human movement across the globe? In this book, Gillian Brock, one of the leading figures in the field, lucidly introduces and explains the important historical, empirical and normative context necessary to get to grips with the major contemporary debates. She examines issues ranging from the permissibility of controlling borders and the criteria states can justifiably use to underpin their migration management policies through to questions of integration, inclusion and resistance to unjust immigration laws. Migration and Political Theory is essential reading for any student, scholar, or reader who seeks to understand the political theory and ethics of migration and movement in the 21st century.

Call to Arms: Iran's Marxist Revolutionaries

Call to Arms: Iran's Marxist Revolutionaries

Author: Ali Rahnema Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/01/2021

On 8 February 1971, Marxist revolutionaries attacked the gendarmerie outpost at the village of Siyahkal in Iran's Gilan Province. Barely two months later, the Iranian People's Fada'i Guerrillas officially announced their existence and began a long, drawn-out urban guerrilla war against the Shah's regime. In Call to Arms, Ali Rahnema provides an exhaustive history of the Fada'is, beginning by asking why so many of Iran's best and brightest chose revolutionary Marxism in the face of authoritarian rule. He traces how radicalised university students from different ideological backgrounds morphed into the Marxist Fada'is in 1971, and sheds light on the ideological theory and practice of the Fada'is, their evolution and internal disputes. While the People's Fada'i Guerrillas failed to directly bring about the fall of the Shah, the political and psychological conditions they created, the ideals and archetypes they established, and the forces they put in motion, namely the student movement both in Iran and overseas, had a lasting impact on society and saw their objective achieved.

U.s. Civil-military Relations

U.s. Civil-military Relations

Author: Don Snider, Miranda A. Carlton-Carew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Thinking the Political

Thinking the Political

Author: Mark (University of Brighton, UK) Devenney Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Combining rigorous theoretical debate with a set of articles exploring Ernesto Laclau's thinking of politics, leading international scholars of contemporary radical theory demonstrate the relevance of Laclau's work to conceptualizing the Political and politics. Part 1 situates Laclau's conceptualisation of the political in the past four decades, both before and after the publication of Hegemony and Socialist Strategy. In particular it reviews Laclau's critique of Marx and Marxism, in order to explore questions not addressed at the time. Part 2 addresses Laclau's work on Rhetoric and Affect developed in some detail over the past decade. These chapters emphasise the centrality of affect and rhetoric to Laclau's conceptualisation of hegemony, thinking this in relation to the importance of rhetoric to neo-liberal politics, and arguing that rhetorical tropes are central to any thinking of the political. Part 3 positions Laclau's work in relation to Contemporary Political theory marking his distance and debt from/to Althussser, Schmitt and Wittgenstein respectively. Part 4 explores Laclau's account of Radical Democracy in relation to contemporary political concerns. Authors address the recent financial crisis; debt in relation to Greek and European politics; the analysis of contemporary capitalism; the politics of the Occupy movement and Latin American populism.

Political Theory: 101

Political Theory: 101

Author: Michael (University of South Florida, USA) Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Political Theory 101 introduces readers to the basic themes, ideas, and arguments that have characterized and constituted political theory from ancient thought to the present. Exploring the key themes which have characterized political thought since the time of Plato, it examines how the goals, purposes and nature of political thinking has changed throughout history. It considers how the positions of individual theorists can be explained in terms of their different approaches to politics and the nature of the political, Political Theory 101 is essential reading for undergraduate students of Politics.

Political Theory: 101

Political Theory: 101

Author: Michael (University of South Florida, USA) Gibbons Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Political Theory 101 introduces readers to the basic themes, ideas, and arguments that have characterized and constituted political theory from ancient thought to the present. Exploring the key themes which have characterized political thought since the time of Plato, it examines how the goals, purposes and nature of political thinking has changed throughout history. It considers how the positions of individual theorists can be explained in terms of their different approaches to politics and the nature of the political, Political Theory 101 is essential reading for undergraduate students of Politics.

From Westphalia to Cosmopolis?

From Westphalia to Cosmopolis?

Author: Bjorn Moller Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This is the first volume in a two-volume work contrasting two alternative world orders and assessing their comparative strengths and weaknesses and the chances for, and obstacles to, gradually moving from one to the other. Often referred to as the Westphalian system, it may briefly be described as an order of sovereign states, recognising each other as such and as a consequence thereof obliging themselves to not interfere in the internal affairs of each other. This volume is devoted to the darker sides of Westphalia commencing with wars and ending with genocide and other forms of crimes against humanity. As openly acknowledged by Hedley Bull, the fact that the Westphalian world system may thus enhance 'order' does not automatically ensure justice or other human desiderata such as human rights, prosperity or personal security. While the Westphalian order did provide a growing body of international law regulating the conduct of war and limiting the right of states to go to war, as history has shown, these regulations have neither prevented wars nor really succeeded in tempering their conduct. The protective legal walls of the sovereignty/non-intervention norm have often allowed incumbent regimes to ruthlessly exploit and terrorise their own citizens. Proposals for a 'sovereignty of responsibility' as an alternative to unlimited sovereign rights, whilst compatible with Westphalian rules, is better treated as modest steps away from Westphalia towards an alternative world order. A transference of responsibility elsewhere either to another state or world organisation, brings us to a more just and cosmopolitan order, the subject of the second volume.