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Airports as Urban Narratives

Toward a Cultural History of the Global Infrastructures

Nathalie Roseau

This article focuses on the process of the design of airports and how in particular the urban context has shaped their specific histories. Far from being merely pure technical or functional equipment, they have been mirrors for contemporary expectations, just as they informed the modern urban imaginary. According to this perspective, an urban history of airports can be traced from the first aerodromes dedicated to large urban publics to the development of spectacular airports driven by the massive recent routinization of air transport so intricately bound up with globalization. Based on research on specific cases of the design and building of New York and Paris airports, this article aims to resist the temptations to dehistoricize the airport topic, and to introduce a narrative mode of thinking about these specific and concrete spaces.

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Patrick H. Hutton

Scholarly interest in the topic of nostalgia has come late to discussions of the workings of memory, a popular topic in contemporary historiography, but its moment may at last have arrived, bringing with it perspectives unappreciated a generation ago. As an emotional response to time’s passage, nostalgia has long been viewed with suspicion. From the dawn of the modern age, critics have explained that it plays into life’s illusions, drifting into sentimental idealization of a past on the fast track to obsolescence. From the earliest critical commentaries on its nature in the late seventeenth century, nostalgia has been equated with homesickness, futile longing for lost places, lost times, and lost causes. For the most part, it was diagnosed as a psychological disorder that immobilized individuals susceptible to the tug of its emotions. It was in this guise that discussion of its nature entered the lexicon of medical discourse during the nineteenth century. The impairments of those who suffered from its sadness were real. The remedy was to awaken them to life’s present realities, and so to teach them to adapt with vigor to their own times.

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Thomas J. Eveland

resources. The collection is informative and thought provoking in exploring contemporary and well-known issues, but stops short of becoming either prescriptive or vulnerable to obsolescence in rapidly changing teaching and learning environments. The high

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Suzanne Berger

facts about the decay, obsolescence, and outright expropriation of the institutions through which less-privileged groups in the US used to express their discontent and reach centers of public decision making. In the United States, these institutional

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Walking with the Goat-God

Gothic Ecology in Algernon Blackwood’s Pan’s Garden: A Volume of Nature Stories

Michelle Poland

Reason (New York: Routledge, 2002), 122. 29 Blackwood, ‘The Man whom the Trees Loved’, 71. 30 Harold Fromm, ‘From Transcendence to Obsolescence’, in Glotfelty and Fromm, The Ecocriticism Reader , 35. 31 Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents

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Erick White

here. REFERENCES Ambos , Eva . 2011 . “ The Obsolescence of the Demons? Modernity and Possession in Sri Lanka .” In Health and Religious Rituals in South Asia: Disease, Possession and Healing , ed. Fabrizio M. Ferrari , 199 – 212 . London

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A megastructure in Singapore

The “Asian city of tomorrow?”

Xinyu Guan

nonetheless failed because of (1) the mismatch between such a project and the state's unstated Cold War–era imperative of creating containable, policeable, urban spaces; (2) the obsolescence of built forms in a city that is constantly revamping and reimagining

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Le Rallye Méditerranée-le Cap

Racing towards Eurafrica?

Megan Brown

era and the gradual obsolescence of the particular modes of doing empire embraced so wholeheartedly by Les Amis du Sahara. This obsolescence derived from the confluence of key developments. First, the proliferation of technological advances made

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Chung-Hao Ku

” (125). Although Elsie also laments the obsolescence of female friendship on the marriage market, she subordinates male friendship to marriage. In the story, Elsie suspects that Arthur uses Jack as an excuse for having an affair with another woman. But

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Roberto Farneti

-disciplinary scrutiny. And by the same token such terms as ritual, the sacred, and sacrifice, once forced to obsolescence by our progressive conceptions, gain new consideration and status (see Brighi and Cerella 2016 ; Juergensmeyer 2003 ; Wydra 2015 ). But still