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Divided We Stand

An Analysis of the Enduring Political East-West Divide in Germany Thirty Years After the Wall's Fall

Lars Rensmann

further reduced in the future. Yet, rather than dissipating, the multi-layered divide appears to have become even more solidified in some areas ten years on. Moreover, as public debates, electoral campaigns, and results at the ballot box show, the divide

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The Ukrainian divide

The power of historical narratives, imagined communities, and collective memories

Alina Penkala, Ilse Derluyn, and Ine Lietaert

The spring of 2014 in Ukraine and the avalanche of events that ensued caused serious regional, interregional, and global implications, and up until today, the East–West regional divide is unequivocally problematic and present in Ukraine. A deeper

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Political Ramifications of Covid-19

Inequalities, Divides, Populism

Éric Touya de Marenne

a growing divide in French society that was both socio-economic and geographic, between the haves and the have-nots, the elite and the governed, and urban and peripheral France. Finally, the consequences of Covid-19 confirm what the gilets jaunes

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Dividing Worlds

Tsunamis, Seawalls, and Ontological Politics in Northeast Japan

Andrew Littlejohn

question whether sea and land could be or should have been divided. Like the woman late to flee, many believed, specifically, that their losses occurred because protective infrastructures impeded their ability to know and anticipate other beings and

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The Cultural Divide

Book Reading as a Signifier of Boundaries among Co-Cultures in Israeli Society

Hanna Adoni and Hillel Nossek

This article investigates the function of book reading in a society consisting of a multiplicity of ethno-cultural communities, asking whether book reading functions as a unifying factor within each ethno-cultural community or as a dividing factor and as a signifier of boundaries between them. It is based on multiyear survey data among representative samples of Israeli urban adults (1970, 1990, 2001-2002, 2007, and 2011), focus groups, and analysis of bestseller lists (2001, 2002). The article demonstrates that book reading functions as a signifier of boundaries within Israeli society, namely between ethno-cultural co-cultures of veteran Jewish Israelis, Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union, and Israeli Arabs. This supports Morley and Robins's claim that cultural consumption may be a divisive factor between the co-cultures within nation-states.

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What Can a Political Form of Reconciliation Look Like in Divided Societies?

The Deliberative “Right to Justification” and Agonistic Democracy

Burcu Özçelik

alone, a political reconciliation between former adversaries can invoke a reckoning with the past and a way to recognize, rather than subsume, difference. In deeply divided contexts, political reconciliation has been elusive and often conditional

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‘No More Let Life Divide…’

Victorian Metropolitan Confluence in Penny Dreadful

Sinan Akilli and Seda Öz

on the Death of John Keats’ by demanding ‘No more let Life divide what Death can join together’, 53 the scene not only depicts the modern scientist expressing his ambitions about the prospect of a human being ‘replaced by an automaton manufactured

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The Populism/Anti-Populism Divide in Western Europe

Benjamin Moffitt

While the rise of populism in Western Europe over the past three decades has received a great deal of attention in the academic and popular literature, less attention has been paid to the rise of its opposite— anti-populism. This short article examines the discursive and stylistic dimensions of the construction and maintenance of the populism/anti-populism divide in Western Europe, paying particular attention to how anti-populists seek to discredit populist leaders, parties and followers. It argues that this divide is increasingly antagonistic, with both sides of the divide putting forward extremely different conceptions of how democracy should operate in the Western European political landscape: one radical and popular, the other liberal. It closes by suggesting that what is subsumed and feared under the label of the “populist threat” to democracy in Western Europe today is less about populism than nationalism and nativism.

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The Centrality of Difference in Coalition-Building across Divides

Palestinian, Israeli, and International Organizations in the Occupied West Bank

Michelle I. Gawerc

process, mobilize a Palestinian-led movement that has both international and Israeli support. These two coalitions are unique in that they intentionally crossed a polarized ethno-national divide, as well as political and ideological divides, in a highly

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Creating Spaces of Music Asylum in Ethnically Divided Contexts

Young People's Accounts from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sri Lanka

Gillian Howell and Solveig Korum

site, whereas the UMMS moved strategically between locations. Their commonality lies in the organizers’ belief that creative and collaborative art-making could be a fruitful site for the forging of connections among divided young people and help them