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Welcome and Unwelcome Truths between Jews, Christians and Muslims

A Platform Statement from the Sternberg Centre JCM Dialogue Group

Sternberg Centre JCM Dialogue Group

We are a group of Jews, Christians and Muslims who have been meeting for twelve years though some of us have joined more recently. We feel it is time to make a public statement to express our shared concerns. We wish to emphasise our shared belief in God, the shared moral and spiritual values of our three faiths, and to draw attention to the urgent need for inter-religious understanding and co-operation to promote a more just and peaceful and ecologically sustainable world.

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Environmental Expertise as Group Belonging

Environmental Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies

Rolf Lidskog and Göran Sundqvist

expertise is about group belonging (power) arranged around specialized skills (science). Finally, we bring this integrated idea of expertise to environmental sociology, stressing in particular how a contextualized and actor-oriented view of expertise can

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Robert Bernasconi

Frantz Fanon was an enthusiastic reader of Sartre's Critique of Dialectical Reason and in this essay I focus on what can be gleaned from The Wretched of the Earth about how he read it. I argue that the reputation among Sartre's critics of the Critique as a failure on the grounds that it was left incomplete should take into account its presence in Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth. Their shared perspectives on the systemic character of racism and colonialism, on the genesis and fragility of groups, and on parties indicates the vitality of the ideas set out in the Critique. However, these similarities between the two thinkers are offset by their differences on national consciousness and on the rural masses. I end by speculating about a certain defence on Sartre's part toward Fanon's concrete experience.

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Multidisciplinary peer-mentoring groups facilitating change?

A critical educational praxis perspective

Melina Aarnikoivu, Matti Pennanen, Johanna Kiili, and Terhi Nokkala

that multidisciplinary peer mentoring can potentially bring about. Although it has been found that multidisciplinary peer mentoring (in pairs or small groups) can offer powerful support for new academics by capitalising on the individual knowledge and

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Cinthia Torres Toledo and Marília Pinto de Carvalho

ethnographic research developed at a public school located in the periphery of the city of São Paulo involving students aged around 14. We highlight the power relations between two groups of boys that signal the existence of a collective notion of masculinity

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Psychotic Group Text

A Psychoanalytic Inquiry Into the Production of Moral Conscience

James M. Glass

This essay analyzes the psychological dynamic of disintegration anxiety by examining its presence in the tradition of political theory, its role in the development of group norms, and its impact on ideology. The author contends that whereas psychosis in individuals constrains and isolates them, in group settings psychotic behavior unites and energizes its members, relieving the collective of its anxieties. In looking at Nazi Germany, the author discusses the means by which not just the SS but the entire professional, academic, and scientific communities in the dominant group made mass murder possible. Radical insecurities and paranoiagenic phantasies of the group possess a logic and action component that distinguish them from their effect on the individual. Whereas for the individual, delusion is considered dysfunctional and crippling, on the political level, it becomes dynamic public policy. Psychotic group states, then, possess an instrumentality and consequence far different from psychosis in the individual.

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Azim Malikov

While ethnic groups have been the main focus of study among ethnologists interested in social identity, study of lower-level social units, for example clans and lineages, is also important for understanding identity-formation processes ( Schlee 1994

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Christian Pilgrimage Groups in Jerusalem

Framing the Experience Through Linear Meta-Narrative

Vida Bajc

Christian pilgrims come to the Holy Land to visit specific physical places that give their faith a tangible form. On organized tours, pilgrimage is structured through an itinerary which consists of a series of encounters, purposefully shaped to bring to life the story of Jesus. These encounters involve performative practices of tour-group leaders at specific symbolic sites with particular narratives. The biblical reality is invoked through a process of meta-framing which allows for a cognitive shift from the mundane walking from site to site into a biblical reality. Meta-framing interlaces the Christian religious memory, performed by the spiritual leader, with the Israeli historical memory, performed by the Israeli tour guide, into a single, linear meta-narrative.

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Organizing Girls' Groups for a Better Future

Local and Global Challenges and Solutions

Yulia Gradskova

The rapid political and social changes in Russia in the 1990s contributed to the circulation of many new ideas about what might count as the successful start of adulthood and also about gender norms for young people. My aim in this article is to explore the normativity of girlhood in contemporary Russia by focusing on the Nordic-Russian cooperation project that runs group workshops for girls and by looking, in particular, at a special program that was carried out in the Kaliningrad region. I show that in spite of the special and unique character of the project, the realization of the program in the Russian context partly recalls some other projects in which the general perception of heteronormativity, and the opposition of male/female as natural is left untouched.

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Bringing water challenges to target groups

French water utilities within the European legislative context

Céline Hervé-Bazin

English abstract: Water utilities have a strong potential for bringing key messages to water users, such as beneficiaries or non-state actors who will usually join together to manage water resources more effectively or based on participation of end-users. Water utilities have the possibility to convey local messages and to organize events that can generate changes. In this framework, they are important leaders for water communication. My main research interest is to consider the constraints to the communication of French water utilities on water resources in the European environment. I want to provide a theoretical concept to the communication of water utilities, analyze actual practices and case studies in order to highlight its main characteristics, and further study messages and the integration of targets groups throughout communication processes related to water issues. The main purpose of this publication is to analyze the specificities of communication by water utilities in France on water management resources, how they interact with their different target groups, and how they potentially contribute to the implementation of the European legislation. This article questions the way communication tools and strategies contribute to better implementation of EU water policies.

Spanish abstract: Las compañías de agua tienen un fuerte potencial para transmitir mensajes clave a los usuarios del agua, por ejemplo, a los beneficiarios o a los actores no estatales, quienes normalmente se unirán para gestionar los recursos hídricos de forma más eficaz o en base a la participación de los usuarios finales. Las compañías de agua tienen la posibilidad de transmitir mensajes locales y organizar eventos que pueden generar cambios. En este contexto, las compañías son importantes líderes para la comunicación sobre el agua. Mi mayor interés de investigación es considerar los límites que se ejercen sobre la comunicación de las compañías francesas en materia de gestión de recursos hídricos en el contexto europeo. Deseo proporcionar un concepto teórico a la comunicación sobre el agua y analizar las prácticas vigentes y casos de estudio con la finalidad de resaltar sus características más importantes, así como estudiar los mensajes y la integración de los públicos objetivo a lo largo de los procesos de comunicación sobre asuntos hídricos. El objetivo más importante de esta publicación es analizar las especificidades de la comunicación de las compañías de agua en Francia sobre el manejo de los recursos hídricos; cómo interactúan estas con los diferentes públicos objetivos y cómo contribuyen potencialmente a la implementación de la legislación europea. Este artículo cuestiona cómo las herramientas y estrategias de comunicación contribuyen a una mejor implementación de las políticas europeas sobre el agua.

French abstract: Les collectivités peuvent jouer un rôle clé pour transmettre des messages aux utilisateurs de l'eau, c'est-à-dire, l'ensemble des bénéficiaires ou la société civile qui peut être amené à participer à la gestion des ressources en eau. Les collectivités ont la capacité de sensibiliser à travers des outils locaux et d'organiser des événements qui peuvent changer les comportements des personnes touchées par un phénomène proche de chez eux. A ce titre, les collectivités peuvent devenir des porte-parole importants pour communiquer sur la préservation de l'eau. Notre recherche considère les limites qui s'exercent sur la communication des collectivités françaises en matière de gestion des ressources en eau dans le contexte législatif européen. Nous souhaitons éclairer la communication des collectivités à partir de l'analyse des pratiques actuelles et différentes études de cas afin d'en établir ses caractéristiques. L'enjeu est d'étudier l'adéquation entre les messages et les groupes cibles choisis au cours des différentes campagnes de communication dédiées aux défis de l'eau. Notre but est de détacher des éléments théoriques et si cette communication répond à des codes propres à toute communication locale sur l'eau. A partir de ces spécificités, nous étudierons dans quelle mesure les municipalités interagissent avec leurs publics cibles afin de faciliter l'application de la législation européenne à l'échelle locale. Nous analyserons en quoi ces outils et stratégies participent en effet, à la réalisation des directives européennes sur l'eau.