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Democracy Needs Rebellion

A Democratic Theory Inspired by Albert Camus

Markus Pausch

like Kimberley Brownlee (2018) or Geoffroy de Lagasnerie (2017) . In the light of these and similar current theoretical approaches of resistance, rebellion or disobedience, recourse to the French philosopher and writer Albert Camus is instructive

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Reply to Hugo Slim

John Dunn

. Distinguishing between Revolution and Rebellion The second judgment in which I definitely concur with Slim is that numerous rebellions since 1972 (when Modern Revolutions was first published) have transformed many aspects of the societies in which they have

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Non-normative Bodies, Queer Identities

Marginalizing Queer Girls in YA Dystopian Literature

Miranda A. Green-Barteet and Jill Coste

positive representations of queer girls, these characters ultimately conform to normative tropes of girlhood. Greta's relationship with Elián, the male love interest, initiates her rebellion and propels the novel's plot. Further, Greta acknowledges her

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Ordinary Violence, Emotion, Information, and Anxiety

Some Themes in Recent Work on Colonial Violence

William Palmer

the purpose of maintaining order and power became codified into the legal apparatus, the violence that usually accompanied the quashing of rebellions or the waging of religious wars, as well as large-scale genocidal violence. 2 The violence that

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John of Lancaster’s Negotiation with the Rebels in 2 Henry IV

Fifteenth-Century Northern England as Sixteenth-Century Ireland

Jane Yeang Chui Wong

maintained private armies, which allowed them to respond quickly to threats from the Scottish border, as well as regional attempts at rebellion. As Steven Ellis explains, ‘In this highly regional land, with its turbulent marcher society, ties of kinship

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Rebellion and Resistance

Claudia Mitchell

There is something rebellious about the work of Girlhood Studies so it is perhaps fitting that “Visual Disruptions” is the theme of this seventeenth issue of Girlhood Studies. The significance of 17 as an age in the life of girls and young women may vary, of course, across cultures, and, indeed, within contemporary popular culture in the West it is not necessarily seen as disruptive, as research on Seventeen magazine highlights. Nonetheless, we can think of the Janis Ian song from the 1970s, “At Seventeen,” and the many songs from The Beatles to the Sex Pistols that refer to girls being 17, and contemplate a state that is far from compliant in relation to conventional femininity. The articles in this themed issue of Girlhood Studies, guest-edited by Danai S. Mupotsa and Elina Oinas, offer a fascinating investigation into the politics of girlhood and visual culture, and the politics of disruption itself. The contributions are also a testament to the close alliance between feminism and visual studies.

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Fighting for oil when there is no oil yet

The Darfur-Chad border

Andrea Behrends

The area around the border of Sudan and Chad, where Darfur lies, has been an unimportant and unknown backwater throughout history. Today, however, Darfur is all over the international press. Everybody knows about the grim war there. There is no oil currently in production in Darfur. However, there is oil in the south of neighboring Chad and in Southern Sudan, and there might be oil in Darfur. This article considers a case of fighting for oil when there is no oil yet. It takes into account the role of local actors doing the fighting, that is, the army, rebels, and militias; national actors such as the Sudanese and Chadian governments; and international actors, such as multinational oil companies, the United States, China, and the United Nations. It explains how oil can have disintegrative consequences even when it is still only a rumor about a future possibility.

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The onset of war as a novel experience

Dislocation and familiarisation in Côte d'Ivoire, late 2002

Kathrin Heitz‐Tokpa

This article offers a phenomenological account of the onset of war in the town of Man, western Côte d'Ivoire, in 2002. Based on recollections of ‘average’ people, the article depicts how the familiar social world was shattered with the violent occupation of the town by insurgent groups. Due to the novelty of the situation, people were unable to draw on past experiences and had difficulties imagining life under insurgent control. As a consequence, people's agency was reduced to ad‐hoc judgements. Sooner than one might expect, a process of familiarisation occurred that gradually allowed people to make more informed decisions.

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No end to Nepal's Maoist rebellion

Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka

Since 1996, Nepal has increasingly been drawn into a violent conflict between Maoist rebels and the state, leading to a severe crisis. Thousands of civilians have been killed, and most people in the countryside live in constant fear. Economic hardship has seriously increased. Despite repeated efforts to bring the parties together for peace talks, there is little hope that the violent situation will be resolved in the near future. This article analyzes the complex causes of the emergence of the Maoist insurrection and its success, and sketches the problems impeding a democratic solution to the current situation.

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The Naked, Vulnerable, Crazy Girl

Elina Oinas

In this article I explore the concept of the rebellious girl by examining the cases of three different girls: an HIV activist in South Africa; a young feminist in Finland; and a topless on-line protester in post-revolution Tunisia. Although their contexts and messages vary greatly, there are marked similarities between and amongst them. I suggest that, in general, the media, political movements, and research agendas often appear to have difficulty taking girls' protests seriously. The rebellious girl is ridiculed, shunned, shamed, and disciplined. The protests explored here can, however, be read as important visual interruptions that attempt to invoke an epistemic mutiny that does not beg for inclusion on preexisting terms but, rather, challenges the boundaries of acceptable bodily integrity. They also gesture towards the social in a way that demands recognition, acceptance, and support, not a simplified acceptance based on the notion of neoliberal individual freedom.