Addressing Cultural And Governance Failings In Local Authorities political culture Parochial

In From Blessing to Violence, Bloch analyses the circumcision ritual of the Merina of Madagascar. (Asad 1973, p. 116) The result of these historic Christian experiences of aggressive Islam, meant that the Orientalist image created is that of repressive relations between Islamic rulers and their subjects, resulting in the conclusion that Islam is “unprogressing and fanatical”. By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to ourTerms of use,Cookie policyandPrivacy notice. By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to ourTerms of use,Cookie policyandPrivacy notice.

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It is an area that has received little attention from historians, although it reveals much about the political dynamics of the metropolis. Chancery Lane was an interstice within the city, a position which profoundly influenced community politics and daily life. Chancery Lane was at the heart of ‘legal London’ and lawyers played an important role in local politics. This thesis furthers our relatively poor understanding of the social and political history of lawyers, and in particular the ways in which their developing professional status shaped their interaction with the local community. Chancery Lane was liminal in the standard bipolar conceptualisation of London and it is discussed how local people responded to the challenges that presented, in terms of their preoccupation with respectability, independence and urban improvement.

  • The first task is to begin culling hypotheses through strategic model comparison rather than testing each hypothesis against a straw man null model.
  • Released to the media, control of sources of info, the use of unattributable briefing or leaks, giving stories only to sympathetic media sources, release of info close to media deadlines so they are not checked and counter arguments are not created, release bad news when other important events dominate the news.
  • Students will be introduced to some key ideas on the politics of knowledge from Marion Fourcade, Anne-Marie Djelic, Michel Foucault, Philip Mirowski, Timothy Mitchell, Michel Callon, and Steven Shapin, among others.

For example, Fincher and Thornhill propose that individual’s may learn about disease risk from the local environment through recurring immune system activation, which in turn affects social behaviors and motivations . Recent studies of exposure to war, suggest that specific parochial motivations and behaviors are sensitive to violence between ages of 7 and 20, but not before or after that window (Bauer et al., forthcoming). In addition to direct learning through exposure to their environment, individuals may also learn from others about key aspects of the environment, such as local disease risk, threat of mortality, and risk of inter-group conflict . From the perspective of neurobiology, cross-population variability provides an opportunity to establish and distinguish those aspects of human brains and psychology that are reliably developing products of pan-human genes from those that depend on particular culturally-constructed niches (e.g., institutions) or ecological conditions. For example, infants and young children from diverse societies readily use dialect and dress to distinguish in-group members/coethnics (Kinzler et al., 2011, 2012; Mahajan and Wynn, 2012; Corriveau et al., 2013). On the basis of these rather sparse cues, infant and children preferentially learn from these individual (Shutts et al., 2013), seek interaction with them, and punish them for norm-violations (Schmidt et al., 2012).


Develop frameworks and spaces that are mixed and mobile, and which can operate in trans-disciplinary settings. You’ll join students from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, meaning that the political character of both theory and material practice take on renewed vigour and urgency. In the last 200 years, the half million Iban living on Borneo’s northwest region have undergone a remarkable transformation. When first encountered by colonizers in the 19th century, Iban lived in communal long-houses of 100–200 people and made a living from farming rice and hunting . According to their festivals and mythology, Iban worked toward a community that was harmonious, rich in rice, flush with children, and endowed with an abundance of spiritual energy (Jensen, 1974; Heppell et al., 2005). A key way of fostering such flourishing communities was the taking of human heads—to cure a member of one’s group or to rescue a member’s soul from limbo or from spiritual slavery in another region .

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Migration studies, originally developed in epidemiology, but now applied in economics, also show some promise in identifying the time-scale by which different aspects of parochialism change across generations who are put into novel contexts (Guiso et al., 2006; Fisman and Miguel, 2007; Giuliano and Alesina, 2010). For example, Giuliano and Alesina used such a design to show that second generation immigrants carry “cultural baggage” from their home country. Specifically, even after two generations, immigrants from countries with greater stated investment in family ties moved less and lived with their parents longer . Another important check can come from combining psychological experiments with cross-population studies in order to triangulate between potential psychological processes and the macro-scale correlates of cross-population variation.

14 Jan 2020 Professor Christina Boswell FBA Professor Christina Boswell FBA explores how definitions of politics have shifted in recent years and sets out the contemporary challenge for political scientists. The MA Contemporary Art Theory is for those with a special interest in contemporary art, and an aptitude for theoretical work in the subject. It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information. It’s the perfect atmosphere for me to rethink my own curatorial practice and to discuss some of the current key critical theoretical discourses affecting the intersection between politics and art and its democratization. I was looking for a discussion group to share my interests in politics, cultural policy, art and activism with, and I realised that the MA in Art & Politics at Goldsmiths addressed most of the most urgent issues I was researching.