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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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Is civilizational primordialism any better than nationalist primordialism?

Denys Gorbach

political debates that do not go much beyond statements of political identity. Chris Hann's article claims to analyze the war in Ukraine and its repercussions for social anthropology, but we find no original research in or on Ukraine, nor many references

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Pivots and Levers

Political Rhetoric around Capitalism in Britain from the 1970s to the Present

Neil Foxlee

the bloody revolution of France,” the Epithet suggests one of the reasons for our being warned; and that, not less clearly, and more forcibly, than if the argument had been stated at length. —Richard Whately Using the example of political debate

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From Modern to Feudal

Conceptual Articulations of Federalism in Republican China

Federico Brusadelli

-nationalist republic. In this context, “federalism” ( lianbang zhuyi 聯邦主義), in its Western articulation, began to appear in the political debate, especially in conceptual connection to discourses on self-government ( zizhi 自治). [At that time,] arguments for local

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From an Economic Term to a Political Concept

The Conceptual Innovation of “Self-Management” in Soviet Estonia

Juhan Saharov

available to him; this is a special concern with the developments in political debates in Estonia in 1987–1988. The language of economic self-management must be studied carefully in the historical context of the middle period of perestroika, taking into

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Othello in Oman

Aḥmad al-Izkī’s Fusion of Shakespeare and Classical Arab Epic

Katherine Hennessey

merely to surprise and entertain by pointing out some unexpected thematic similarities. Rather, the juxtaposition performs a clever and well-placed intervention in ongoing socio-political debates on the Arabian Peninsula surrounding issues of identity

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Uniting Europeans by Values

A Feasible Enterprise?

Jan Berting

The draft-Constitution of the European Union mentions several values on which the Union is based. The status of these values is rather ambiguous, as the Constitution speaks about 'values', about 'developing common values' and about values which are common to all nation-states. Strangely enough, in the political debates that followed the presentation of the draft-Constitution, the specific role of values in the making of the EU was not elucidated. These debates show us a rather muddled state of affairs. Six different themes can be distinguished that are interrelated in complex ways.

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Towards an Immortal Political Body

The State Machine in Eighteenth-Century English Political Discourse

Pasi Ihalainen

The importance of bodily and mechanical analogies in everyday political argumentation has been seldom discussed in the academic literature. This article is based on a contextual analysis of the uses of bodily and mechanical analogies in parliamentary and public debates in eighteenth-century England, as they can be retrieved from full-text databases of printed literature. The author demonstrates the continuous use of bodily analogies for much of the century particularly in defence of traditional conceptions of a unified political community. The article considers the expanding use of mechanical analogies as well, tracing their evolution in political debates and the effect of the American and French revolutions in their usage.

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The Ciampi Presidency

Gianfranco Pasquino

In 2002, the president of the Italian Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi,

was repeatedly drawn into political debates. This had rarely happened

in the past, so all comparison with his predecessors seems

somehow unfitting. Ciampi was forced to take a stand on a large

number of important political and institutional issues, including the

actions of the government and the opposition’s response to these

actions—which in the latter case took the form of forceful demands

for his intervention—as well as conflict within Parliament and among

institutions. Nevertheless, much to the disappointment of the centerleft

opposition, Ciampi tended to act with great tact and reserve,

making general appeals in an attempt to appease all concerned.

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From “De Facto King” to Peasants’ Communes

A Struggle for Representation in the Discourse of the Polish Great Emigration, 1832–1846/48

Piotr Kuligowski


This article presents a conceptual history of representation in the political debates of the Polish émigré community in the period 1832–1846/48. As I argue, while the concept was present in the output of all political environments of the Polish Great Emigration, there were more discrepancies than similarities about how to understand it. As a result of debates about what the Polish diaspora in exile actually was and who had the right to represent it, the concept became a part and parcel of political frays. In this way, the right to use it—and consequently to represent the whole Polish community and Polish nation as well—occupied a central place in the evolution of the concept of representation.