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Italian Views on Sustainable Energy: Trends in the Representations of Energy, Energy System, and User, 2009–2011

Mauro Sarrica, Sonia Brondi, and Paolo Cottone

This article examines the contents of the representations of sustainable energy in Italy from 2009 to 2011. In particular it explores the representations of energy, energy systems, and users. The article's starting point was the assumption that critical points may change the relationship between communities and the represented issues, and that new representations may be dialogically elaborated following relevant societal events. Political debates and newspaper articles dealing with sustainable energy were subjected to content analyses. Results show that the representations bear witness to the prevalence of economic and strategic approaches and a view of citizens whereby, even when involved in decentralized systems, they are required to stay passive. Alternative contents seem not to challenge the hegemonic view of energy. A clear trend toward sustainability is lacking, suggesting the absence of a continuing motivation to look at energy taking into account the civic growth of the population.

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The ethics of cross-border cooperation and its values

Elisabetta Nadalutti

predominant in CBC activities, then a top-down process leads these activities. Consequently, a “consumeristic” approach drives cross-border governance meaning that cross-border people are mainly passive consumers, rather than active participants, in CBC

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Enhancing student engagement through effective ‘customer’ evaluation

Quis custodiet ipsos consumptores?

Geoff Payne


Most undergraduates’ main, hands-on involvement in student engagement is completing satisfaction surveys, such as the U.K. National Student Survey (NSS), whose findings make significant contributions to university policy formation. It is therefore important that these surveys produce reliable and valid data, but previous and current NSS versions fail to do this. This article compares the U.K.’s model of ‘satisfaction’ with that of the U.S. National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Whereas the NSS treats the student as a passive consumer, the NSSE treats the student as an active participant who shares personal liability for some of the educational outcomes. The NSSE’s greater use of factual rather than opinion questions, allowance for variation in types of students and student effort, and wider interpretation of ‘student engagement’ are seen as more fit for purpose and less influenced by the ideologies of neoliberalism and managerial control.

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Book Reviews

Lesley Wood, Ronald Barnett, and Penny Welch

passive consumers and empty vessels. The author recognises that teachers who are employed on casual contracts and whose tenure is precarious may not feel able to organise their classes or assessment tasks in innovative ways (p. 50). But for those in

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Remembering the Second World War in Post-Soviet Educational Media

Barbara Christophe

shifting result of active engagement with the past, investigating practices of remembering that unfold, for instance, at monuments, rather than viewing memory as an object which can be downloaded by passive consumers. 6 On the other hand, studies on

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“Containers, Carriers, Vehicles”

Three Views of Mobility from Africa

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, Jeroen Cuvelier, and Katrien Pype

thinkers who imbue self-made and incoming tools with their own meaning, purposes, and value systems. Revoking the stereotype of Africans as passive consumers of technology was only one part of our program. We also wanted to disrobe concepts such as

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An Otaku with Chinese Characteristics?

Localizing Japanese ACG Currents in Lu Yang's The Beast

Fred Shan

” ( Lamerichs 2018: 206 ). In other words, affect does not simply operate as a force that sustains a passive consumer. Rather, the consumer's affective attachment to a text encourages them to find expressive channels for creative outlet. This takes the form of

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Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

Medical Design Anthropology, Improvisational Practices and Future Imaginings

Jonathan Ventura and Wendy Gunn

in the designing of self-care technologies. His main argument gives focus to re-conceptualising the patient as skilled practitioner rather than as a passive consumer of home dialysis machines. In his empirical materials, he shows how dialysis patients

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The Doll “InbeTween”

Online Doll Videos and the Intertextuality of Tween Girl Culture

Jessica E. Johnston

cultural practices confined to consumerism, beauty, and the domestic sphere for decades. (2006: 12) Media production has often been considered a masculine domain, but feminist scholars have challenged and disrupted the notion of the girl as the passive

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Tweens as Technofeminists

Exploring Girlhood Identity in Technology Camp

Jen England and Robert Cannella

). The girls were no longer passive consumers of male-dominated narratives across media; instead, campers actively engaged in the filmmaking process as producers of new media and female narratives. This allowed girls power and agency in how they created