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Stiletto Socialism

Social Class, Dressing Up, and Women's Self-Positioning in Socialist Slovenia

Polona Sitar

class fluidity. There is also a lag between the class that a person was born into and the one he/she “achieved.” 65 Social class is not a static and fixed structure; rather, it is perceived through the perspective of active self-positioning. Considering

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The Medium Is the Message

Olivier Schrauwen’s Arsène Schrauwen beyond Expectations of Autobiography, Colonial History and the Graphic Novel

Benoît Crucifix and Gert Meesters


This article proposes a close reading of Olivier Schrauwen’s Arsène Schrauwen, focusing on the various cultural discourses that it engages with, and particularly its ironical self-positioning within the field of comics. First of all, Schrauwen playfully questions the entrenchment of autobiography in the contemporary graphic novel by presenting a wholly fantasised adventure as biographical family history. This play with generic expectations is continued through Schrauwen’s reliance on the tropes of the adventure story and its figuration of the voyage. Arsène Schrauwen also draws on stereotypical images of both Belgium and the Belgian Congo and integrates them into a grotesque narrative so as to question the supposed unicity of the individual and colonial bodies. Last but not least, the book displays a highly self-reflexive approach to comics storytelling, building on a legacy from Flemish comics in order to play with reading conventions, graphic enunciation and abstraction, thereby thematising the perception of the main character.

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Jorge Lizarzaburu, Adrian van den Hoven, and Donovan Irven

that through their interventions, intellectuals always position themselves within a field and in relation to other intellectuals, publishers, allies, opponents, and so on. Through (self-)positioning qua an ongoing process, intellectuals successfully

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Female Agrarian Workers in Early Twentieth-Century Hungary

The Making of Class- and Gender-Based Solidarities

Susan Zimmermann and Nagy Piroska

struggle at the time used formulas such as the one contained in the program of the new National Agriculture Party to circumvent clear self-positioning in favor of or against women’s suffrage and/or as a carte blanche implicitly allowing for the future

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Marcos Farias Ferreira, Máiréad Nic Craith, Markéta Slavková, Linda M. Mülli, Mariann Vaczi, Annika Lems, and Işıl Karataş

for being able to enter the EU-space. This particular self-positioning combined with the performance of what the author calls ‘Eurostyle’ is decisive for wielding power and influence as well as navigating through the EU-setting in order to pursue what

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Brian Yothers, Gillian Dooley, Guy Galazka, Peter Weisensel, Jackie Coon, Magdalena Banaszkiewicz, and David Cashman

chapter considers the self-positioning of antilynching activist Ida B. Wells as a traveler. Totten finds that Wells employed her mobility in the service of the cultural work of her antilynching campaign, and he takes Wells as an exemplar of the ways in

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Johannes Görbert, Russ Pottle, Jeff Morrison, Pramod K. Nayar, Dirk Göttsche, Lacy Marschalk, Dorit Müller, Angela Fowler, Rebecca Mills, and Kevin Mitchell Mercer

the world generally; it could also be seen, as outlined especially in Part 2, as part of the rhetoric of self-promotion or self-positioning. Thus we see Forster negotiating his position among other sentimental travelers, on occasion projecting himself

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A Social Negotiation of Hope

Male West African Youth, ‘Waithood’ and the Pursuit of Social Becoming through Football

Christian Ungruhe and James Esson

psychological and biological development, or by legal standards but, rather, as a fluid category that reflects local sociocultural understandings of social status and of one’s position (and self-positioning) in the life course. Hence, we refer to those (young

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Seumas Bates

within this local community who were reporting the precariousness of that social order. While this article principally uses the label “White” in a manner reflective of self-positioning within locally meaningful racial hierarchies, it is necessary to