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Masculinity on Stage

Dueling in the Greek Capital, 1870–1918

Dimitra Vassiliadou

blows,” under the startled gaze of passengers on the Athens-Piraeus Electric Railways. 51 Gradually the duel became a powerful way of influencing public opinion and the field of honor was a place emanating a distinct glamor: the glamor of a public

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Volunteering as Protest

Against State Failure or the State Itself?

Jan Křeček

Although the Czech Republic (CR) is not a favorite destination nor even a transit country for migrants through Europe, the refugee crisis has materialized into a strict state policy of rejection. The CR rejects proposals for European solutions and detains and imprisons immigrants, most of whom are inadvertently arrived there. This preliminary refusal strategy is peculiar to both the political and media spheres (and public opinion) and is described in the opening sections of this work. However, the CR, is also a country in which the tally of immigrants is less than the number of Czechs citizens traveling beyond their national borders to help refugees congregating along the “Balkan Route”, where they frequently outnumber volunteers from other countries. This paper goes on to describe the development of these grassroots Czech volunteer organizations and activities in 2015. From the beginning it was characterized by spontaneity and a lack of hierarchy, with the Internet and social media playing a vital role during mobilization and organization. The methodological section defines how this sample was analyzed and the manner in which it was dealt. Section five summarizes the most important findings of the case study: (1) the results of a questionnaire survey among volunteers, (2) the results of a qualitative content analysis of their communication in social networks. Besides basic mapping steps (features of volunteer’s participation), the analysis attempts to capture motivations for volunteer’s participation. Comparison with selected motivation typologies emphasizes the protective (later the normative) motivation, on which the hypotheses are based regarding the dispute about the national identity of volunteering as an ideological, and therefore foreseeable, dispute.

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Afterword

Comparison in the Anthropological Study of Plural Religious Environments

Birgit Meyer

public opinion about, for instance, ‘good’ and ‘bad’ religion. I very much welcome the initiative to establish comparability between the respective groups studied by Beekers and by Kasmani and Mattes. This makes it possible to spotlight similarities that

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Refugee studies in Austria today

From challenges to a research horizon

Leonardo Schiocchet, Sabine Bauer-Amin, Maria Six-Hohenbalken, and Andre Gingrich

transformed public opinion. Hence, at the beginning of 2016, Austria limited the number of refugee arrivals by drastically restricting the number of admitted asylum applications (80 per day). The new center-right Vienna government's chancellor, Sebastian Kurz

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Heidi Hakkarainen

According to Manfred Landfester, only periodicals with a special interest in educational matters were discussing humanism in the early nineteenth century, and only after the middle of the century did the press begin to play a major role in shaping public

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Cannabis Culture on Display

Deviant Heritage Comes Out of the Shadows

Rachel F. Giraudo

particular exhibit was targeted to visitors aged 12 years and older. The timing of its opening in the spring before the election that would legalize adult-use cannabis in California is important because public opinion was malleable enough to make possible

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Svetlana Huusko

ability to dictate one's picture of events, tell a story that fits the existing ideology and the stereotypical models, and enact power through the manipulation of public opinion. Here, I focus on the role of discourse in the reproduction of power. I look

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Fusion and Reform

The Potential for Identity Fusion to Reduce Recidivism and Improve Reintegration

Harvey Whitehouse and Robin Fitzgerald

play in shifting public opinion towards a less punitive and more restorative view of prisoner reform, one that emphasises common humanity and the need to reintegrate rather than segregate. It is not difficult to find examples of criminal justice or

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The Curious Case of Slovakia

Regime Preferences Thirty Years after the Velvet Revolution

Zuzana Reptova Novakova

out by one of the nation's biggest institutes for public opinion research indicated that less than half of population subscribes to the belief that after 1989 the “opportunities for talented and hard-working ordinary citizens in the country have

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Ben Page, Olga R. Gulina, Doğuş Şimşek, Caress Schenk, and Vidya Venkat

. Though the labor migration situation is a sometimes contentious area of public policy and public opinion in Russia, Gulina contends that any demands coming from anti-migrant voices to require visas for Central Asian citizens would be economically