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  1. Creative hubs versus creative networks

    Bandinelli, C.; Gandini, A.
    This chapter offers an account of the relationship between hubs and networks in the creative economy. Reflecting on ethnographic research conducted by the authors in the UK and Italy, the chapter contends that hubs have emerged as heterotopic spaces that fulfil the need of a space where social commitment and entrepreneurial attitude can be nurtured to facilitate social and professional collaboration among workers. Yet, this is often an idealised form of collaboration, which ultimately serves individual rather than common or shared goals. The chapter discusses the irredeemable interaction and intersection between hubs and networks and identifies the emergence of a...

  2. British DiGRA 2017/2018

    Ruffino, Paolo; MacCallum-Stewart, Esther; Crawford, Garry
    Edited collection of papers of the British section of the Digital Games Research Association

  3. Future gaming: creative interventions in video game culture

    Ruffino, Paolo
    A sophisticated critical take on contemporary game culture that reconsiders the boundaries between gamers and games.This book is not about the future of video games. It is not an attempt to predict the moods of the market, the changing profile of gamers, the benevolence or malevolence of the medium. This book is about those predictions. It is about the ways in which the past, present, and future notions of games are narrated and negotiated by a small group of producers, journalists, and gamers, and about how invested these narrators are in telling the story of tomorrow.This new title from Goldsmiths...

  4. Levinas on ecology and nature

    Boothroyd, Dave
    Most attempts to articulate the relevance of Levinas’ philosophy to the project of rethinking nature, ecology and ‘the environment‘ in view of the perceived impending planetary crisis, focus on his key ethical concepts such as the face-to-face, transcendence, absolute alterity and Infinity. The implicit anthropocentrism of this dimension of his schema is often found to be a decisive impasse regarding the question of the ethical status of the non-human. This chapter explains why recurrent focus on the ethical relation and ‘the beyond’ should balanced by attention to his philosophy of existence; his empiricism, his analyses of individuation, immanence and Totality,...

  5. Cold-blooded cognition: how to get a tortoise out of its shell

    Wilkinson, Anna; Glass, Ewen
    Very little is known about the cognitive abilities of chelonia (turtles, terrapins and tortoises). They have traditionally been considered to be “sluggish and unintelligent creatures” (Yerkes 1901, p. 520) and have largely been ignored in the study of animal cognition. However, more recent research has revealed an impressive suite of cognitive abilities in this group. But how do you ask a tortoise what it knows? We will describe the approaches we have thus far taken in the study of cognition in our model species, the red-footed tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria) – including work on visual cognition, spatial cognition, social learning and...

  6. Contemporary gothic drama: attraction, consummation and consumption on the modern British stage

    Jones, Kelly; Dean, Robert; Poore, Benjamin
    This groundbreaking volume is the first to examine the extraordinary prevalence and appeal of the Gothic in contemporary British theatre and performance. Chapters range from considerations of the Gothic in musical theatre and literary adaptation, to explorations of the Gothic’s power to haunt contemporary playwriting, macabre tourism and site-specific performance.

  7. Little monsters: gothic children and contemporary theatrical performance

    Jones, Kelly
    The Gothic, in literature, in film, and on the stage, seems to possess a particular fascination with children. This chapter, in the first instance, introduces an exploration of the representations of children in the post-war British theatre, as both objects and agents of horror, from Kane’s Blasted to McPherson’s The Weir. Secondly, the chapter will examine the emerging appeal of plays such as Jack Thorne’s adaptation of John Lindqviste’s Let the Right One In, and Phillip Pullman’s Grimm Tales which use the tropes, aesthetics and properties of the Gothic as fertile ground for making theatre for young audiences.

  8. Abuse, violence and abandonment in transnational marriages: issues for policy and practice in the UK

    Anitha, Sundari; Roy, Anupama; Yalamarty, Harshita
    Abandonment of wives in their home countries by their husbands who are UK residents has become a growing phenomenon that practitioners may encounter in their work. This article explores the nature and consequences of transnational marriage abandonment for its victims and survivors, and argues that this practice should be considered as a form of domestic violence because it involves coercive and controlling behaviour intended to deprive a woman of her financial and residence rights and rights relating to her children. In the context of the recent recognition of transnational abandonment as a form of domestic abuse by the family justice...

  9. The Italian Anarchist press in London: a lens for investigating a transnational movement

    Di Paola, Pietro
    Forced to take the path of exile by recurrent waves of government repression, the Italian anarchists spread their activities all over the word. A transnational network was established across continents and London represented one of its main nodes. Newspapers were fundamental in the construction and in the keeping of such a network, providing political, organizational and cultural exchanges among the anarchist colonies. Italian anarchists in London contributed greatly to this process with the publication of several influential newspapers and single issues. These publications provide a peculiar and fruitful perspective to investigate not only the experience of transnational political migration, but...

  10. Striking women: struggles and strategies of South Asian women workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet

    Anitha, Sundari; Pearson, Ruth
    This book is centred on two industrial disputes, the famous Grunwick strike (1976-78) and the Gate Gourmet dispute that erupted in 2005. The focus on these events helps us explore the nature of South Asian women’s contribution to the struggles for workers’ rights in the UK. We examine histories of migration and settlement of two different groups of women of South Asian origin, and how this history, their gendered, classed and racialised inclusion in the labour market, the context of industrial relations in the UK in the two periods and the nature of the trade union movement shaped the trajectories...

  11. Conclusion: Setting the agenda for challenging GBV in universities

    Lewis, Ruth; Anitha, Sundari
    This chapter draws upon and contextualises the contributions in this collection, and explores both theoretical debates that are relevant to, and more practical strategies for challenging gender-based violence in university communities.

  12. Making Bolero: dramaturgies of remembrance

    Pinchbeck, Michael
    This chapter reflects on Bolero, a multi-lingual, devised performance I directed in 2014 exploring war, conflict and music devised in the Balkans. I explore working in these contexts and weaving together dramaturgies of remembrance. I discuss the way narratives are interwoven to address the way the Bosnian war was somewhat overlooked in the West at the time. This conflict took place in a cultural and personal blindspot. Bolero is both a eulogy for lost lives and an apology for not knowing enough about them. We worked with the Bosnian artist, Haris Pasovic, as a dramaturg on the project who was...

  13. Entrepreneurship and SMEs’ productivity challenges in the sub-Saharan Africa

    Igwe, Paul; Onjewu, Adah Emmanuel; Nwibo, Simon Uguru
    In sub-Saharan Africa, the majority of businesses operate in the form of a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME). SMEs play a significant role in the economic development of many nations. This paper considers the business environment and entrepreneurship activities in the Sub-Saharan countries of Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, South Sudan and Tanzania. The review of literature explores issues such as doing business in Africa, size and informality, start-up survival and closure, the determinants of growth and gender issues in African entrepreneurship. Using data from the World Bank Enterprise Survey, it reflects on the factors affecting investment and productivity in Africa as...

  14. Gender based violence in university communities: policy, prevention and educational interventions in Britain

    Anitha, Sundari; Lewis, Ruth
    This chapter draws upon the ‘Stand Together’ action research project at the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom and of the research conducted as part of this project. The ‘Stand Together’ project implemented and researched one of the first whole-university approaches to challenge gender-based violence (GBV) and violence-tolerant social norms in student communities. The research, in turn, was designed to explore the potential of prevention education/bystander intervention programmes, as well as to investigate students’ attitudes to issues related to GBV. This chapter draws on qualitative interviews with 28 students as well as participant observation of the various dimensions of...

  15. Understanding student responses to gender-based violence on campus: negotiation, reinscription and resistance

    Jordan, Ana
    This chapter presents findings from the ‘Stand Together’ action research project at the University of Lincoln (UOL), one of the first bystander intervention (BI) programmes designed to challenge gender-based violence (GBV) in a UK university. The research accompanying this project investigated student attitudes to GBV and the potential of prevention education. The focus of this chapter is on two sites which emerged in student accounts as key spaces where acts of GBV occur, as well as where sexist and heteronormative gender norms are re-inscribed, negotiated and resisted - social media and the night-time economy (NTE).

  16. Understanding student responses to gender-based violence on campus: negotiation, reinscription and resistance

    Jordan, Ana; Anitha, Sundari; Jameson, Jill; Davy, Zowie
    This chapter presents findings from the ‘Stand Together’ action research project at the University of Lincoln (UOL), one of the first bystander intervention (BI) programmes designed to challenge gender-based violence (GBV) in a UK university. The research accompanying this project investigated student attitudes to GBV and the potential of prevention education. The focus of this chapter is on two sites which emerged in student accounts as key spaces where acts of GBV occur, as well as where sexist and heteronormative gender norms are re-inscribed, negotiated and resisted - social media and the night-time economy (NTE).

  17. Employee recognition schemes

    Smith, Charlotte
    Whilst few would dispute the motivational power of recognising exceptional performance in the workplace, it is unusual for texts on reward management to feature a chapter focusing solely on employee recognition schemes, separate from the related constructs of non-financial reward and total reward. There exists a sense of ambiguity around the concept of employee recognition – its meaning, constitution and role – which is reflected in the lack of scholarly research or theory development in this area, compared to other components of the reward system. This chapter is intended to extend thinking and practice around employee recognition and its management...

  18. Ghost walking

    Brewster, Scott
    The ghost walk is an abiding feature of the contemporary tourist landscape in many parts of the world, and its popularity shows no sign of diminishing. The narrative structures and pedestrian rhythms of this leisure experience are strongly indebted to the literary ghost story, and the chapter explores the ways in which the work of Henry James and M. R. James anticipate the pattern of wandering and digression encouraged by the contemporary ghost walk. Ghost walks, like ghost stories, mark the enduring appeal of a story that lingers, or of a resonant place that makes one pause.

  19. Well-being and the television actor: Challenges and coping strategies

    Hogg, Christopher; Smith, Charlotte
    This chapter explores the complex nature of health and well-being for actors working in the contemporary British television industry. Through the analysis of interviews conducted with three female actors at different stages in their television careers, the chapter seeks to identify and better understand some of the factors which impact upon their health and well-being. Moreover, the chapter considers a number of individual differences that mediate the degree to which such factors are experienced as stressful and influence the development and employment of coping strategies. In addition to identifying a number of key coping mechanisms currently employed by these television...

  20. Evidence of auditory insensitivity to vocalisation frequencies in two frogs

    Goutte, Sandra; Mason, Matthew J.; Christensen-Dalsgaard, Jakob; Montealegre-Z, Fernando; Chivers, Benedict D.; Sarria, Fabio; Antoniazzi, Marta M.; Jared, Carlos; Almeida Sato, Luciana; Toledo, Luís Felipe
    The emergence and maintenance of animal communication systems requires the co-evolution of signal and receiver. Frogs and toads rely heavily on acoustic communication for coordinating reproduction and typically have ears tuned to the dominant frequency of their vocalizations, allowing discrimination from background noise and heterospecific calls. However, we present here evidence that two anurans, Brachycephalus ephippium and B. pitanga, are insensitive to the sound of their own calls. Both species produce advertisement calls outside their hearing sensitivity range and the inner ear is partly undeveloped, which accounts for their lack of high-frequency sensitivity. Unheard by the intended receivers, calls are...

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