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'Greater good' in transit

The unwieldy career of a Swedish rail tunnel project

Åsa Boholm

Large-scale technological projects are born as visions among politicians and leaders of industry. For such visions to become real, they must be transformed from a virtual existence in the minds of their creators to a reality that can be accepted, even welcomed, by the public, not least by the communities who will become neighbors to those projects. Democracy implies that political decisions over the expenditure of public funds should answer not merely to the partial interests of stakeholders but should be accountable to the 'greater good' of society at large. Since a technological project materializes in what Latour calls a 'variable ontology-world', the greater good associated with it can be expected to be dynamic and shifting. The Hallandsås railway tunnel in southwestern Sweden illustrates how the very premises of the project's organizational logic have changed over time, the discourse of the greater good moving from an economical focus to an environmental one.

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Shaun Hargreaves-Heap, Stefan Hudak, and Jeroen Huisman

Walter W. McMahon (2009) Higher Learning, Greater Good: The Private and Social Benefits of Higher Education

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Alberto Amaral, Guy Neave, Christine Musselin and Peter Maassen (eds) (2009) European Integration and the Governance of Higher Education and Research

Review by Stefan Hudak

Jill Blackmore, Marie Brennan and Lew Zipin (eds) (2010) Re-positioning University Governance and Academic Work Review by Jeroen Huisman

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Malcolm Turvey

the heavy person off the bridge. In other words, because they are emotionally impaired, they do not experience the strong gut reaction against sacrificing an individual for the greater good in the footbridge example that most people do. Greene

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Sam Jackson, Áron Bakos, Birgitte Refslund Sørensen, and Matti Weisdorf

job, and never joined the armed forces for the nation or the greater good or experienced injury as an epiphany, which further problematizes the accentuation of the sacrificial value of soldiers. As one of Wool’s informants puts it, “they don’t owe me

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Michael Herzfeld

greater good. In this regard, it behooves us to think (as anthropologists should) comparatively, and to compare their attitude with that of politicians around the world who are exploiting the pandemic for similarly unattractive purposes. It is

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Social Protest and Its Discontents

A System Justification Perspective

Vivienne Badaan, John T. Jost, Danny Osborne, Chris G. Sibley, Joaquín Ungaretti, Edgardo Etchezahar, and Erin P. Hennes

original by Kay and Jost 2003 ), including items such as “Society is set up so that people usually get what they deserve” and “Most policies serve the greater good”; and (b) economic system justification (translated from Jost and Thompson 2000

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Andrew Dawson and Simone Dennis

citing freedom to excuse a selfish reluctance to give up convenience and pleasure for the greater good’. Speaking of COVID-19 and selfishness, Herzfeld states: There are two pandemics raging around us, each feeding the other, each imitating the

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Apartheid of Thought

The Power Dynamics of Knowledge Production in Political Thought

Camilla Boisen and Matthew C. Murray

whom, when, by what means, or for what end; whether, for instance, it be to secure a greater good, or avert a greater evil. (Aristotle 1902: 101, part XXV) Aristotle urges that we consider the need for imaginative leeway and license for an author

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Recapturing the Lost

Digitalized Memories of the Rhodesian Bush War

Ane Marie Ørbø Kirkegaard

in several videos. That this is an RSF soldier is obvious from the camouflage pattern on his uniform (Appendix: Video 3, via YouTube). metanarrative of soldiering and sacrifice for the greater good of Rhodesia and Christian civilization (Cecil Rhodes

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Agonistic Interpretation

A New Paradigm in Response to Current Developments

Nicole Deufel

process of selection based on (emotional) need. Heritage in this understanding elicits an emotional response. Agonistic interpretation does not seek to suppress this emotion or passion, or present it as something to be overcome for a greater good