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Descended from the Celestial Rope

From the Father to the Son, and from the Ego to the Cosmic Self

Jadran Mimica

The dialectics of fatherhood and sonship among the Yagwoia of Papua New Guinea has multiple actualizations whose concrete reality and significance can be adequately understood only through individual-biographical life situations and trajectories. Accordingly, the focus is on the lifelong course of the relationship between a man and his father through which the individual specificities of the incorporative dynamics indigenously lived as 'implantation' and 'bone extraction' are consummated in diverse modes. One of these results in a common psycho-cultural form of Yagwoia egoity and self-consciousness wherein, after his death, the father becomes his progeny's protective spirit, especially his son's. Through detailed accounts and dream analyses, the article shows the critical importance and reality of culturally specific archetypal themes and imagery in the everyday life of individuals, and the indelible impact that they have on the psyche of concrete persons.

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“It Is Better to Die”

Abbé Rousseau and the Meanings of Suicide

Jeffrey Merrick

The playwright Charles Collé intended to compose “a merry satire against suicide” but abandoned the project because “the subject did not lend itself to my views.” 1 He must have realized that his contemporaries did not regard self-destruction as a

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Physical Responses to Trauma

Examining Behavioural Reactions in Brian Friel's <em>Give Me Your Answer, Do!</em> and Eimear McBride's <em>A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing</em>

Chu He

This article compares Brian Friel’s play Give Me Your Answer, Do! with Eimear McBride’s novel A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing to inquire into why the characters react to their traumas with seemingly aberrant behaviours. These two modern Irish works seem to suggest that the characters find a devious, physical way of self-preservation when combatting their extremely powerless state of traumatisation, which exposes our conflicting drives in the face of trauma: although trauma is mostly associated with death drive towards self-destruction, we cannot overlook its connection to life drive. By analysing these traumatised characters’ bodies as the very platform on which the symbiosis of the two opposing instincts is staged, this article explores trauma’s indelible impacts on the body and the body’s troubled resilience.

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The “Alternative for Germany”

Factors Behind its Emergence and Profile of a New Right-wing Populist Party

Frank Decker

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Until 2013, right-wing populist or extremist parties were unable to establish themselves as a relevant political force in Germany. With the advent of the Alternative für Deutschland the party landscape has changed significantly. The window of opportunity for the newcomer was opened in 2013 by the Euro crisis. Combining euroskepticism with liberal economic policies and a conservative social issue agenda the AfD mainly capitalized on the neglecting of these matters by the liberal party and the Christian democrats. Controversy between the market-oriented moderate wing represented by party founder Bernd Lucke and the radical advocates of national populism led to the split off of the former in July 2015. Only with the refugee crisis did the AfD regain its electoral fortunes and obtained its best results thus far in the March 2016 state elections. Most probably, the party’s prospects will remain promising if one considers the voter’s side. The main risks lie in its own ranks, where ideological battles, personal struggles and the unresolved question of how to distance the party from right-wing extremism could further self-destruction.

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A Hebrew Take on Shylock on the New York Stage

Shylock ‘47 at the Pargod Theatre (1947)

Edna Nahshon

? The Jew has never asked for revenge. Revenge is destruction and self-destruction. Death upon death. We need to free the world from death. We must offer life – that’s what the theatre is for. Act 3, which consists of the enactment of the play’s trial

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Eugene Heimler

A Hero of the Twentieth Century

Miriam Bracha Heimler

being alive, Heimler contemplated, then nothing is left except to ‘drop out’ in some way. Another way ‘out’, in addition to self-destruction and insanity, is anti-social behaviour, which also occurred in the camps. When one takes away from, say, a doctor

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Bret Gustafson, Francesco Carpanini, Martin Kalb, James Giblin, Sarah Besky, Patrick Gallagher, Andrew Curley, Jen Gobby, and Ryan Anderson

an active practice of hope. Jen Gobby McGill University Wright, Christopher, and Daniel Nyberg. 2015. Climate Change, Capitalism, and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 254 pp. ISBN 978

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Toward a Model of Distributed Affectivity for Cinematic Ethics

Ethical Experience, Trauma, and History

Philip Martin

conditions that produce family conflict is suddenly inverted by the graphic severity of Cheol-ho's self-destruction , generating a new affective dissonance. This incongruity can leave the spectator in a position where they are forced to retroactively process

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Incarnation, Alienation, and Emancipation

A Sartrean Analysis of Filmic Violence

Daniel Sullivan

“destructive power” might have wrought something other than self-destruction, if he had joined a trade union and fought back during the Reagan “busting” era. Instead, he settled for a life of disfiguring, competitive servitude at a low-wage, thankless job and

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Explicating Ecoculture

Tracing a Transdisciplinary Focal Concept

Melissa M. Parks

tourism can be considered an industry of global peace in the face of growing international social, economic, religious, environmental, and political conflicts. He characterized India as on a boom and bust tourism path that cycles through self-destruction