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Ironic PoliticsPolitics of the Future? Wolf Lepenies ›When I see my friend after a long time, my first question is, Has anything become clear to you?‹ (Emerson 1847) Would Ralph Waldo Emerson also have asked Ulrich Beck this question? Ulrich Beck has helped us to achieve clarity about one thing, at any rate: Direct and indirect self-problematization are hall- marks of reflexive modernization. Irony, which is inseparable from self-irony, is one guise assumed by this problematization. If Western democracy has slid into a »phase of reflexivity«, isn’t it

(work notes) democratic Process referenda Parliamentary Presidential elections segments movements ideologies visual communication in/visibility il/literacy Posters banners flyers form language graPhic styles Pictorial techniques artistic aPProPriations Portrait gallery election symbols statistics design / Political education female rePresentation rose outline logo un/sub/conscious image sPeech (zoom-in) 2 the Politics of rePresentation In the fall of 2011 every remotely accessible surface of Cairo’s public space was hijacked

A Politics of Loss? The Threat of Public Housing in a Johannesburg Suburb Anthropology is about large issues in small places (Eriksen 2001b). In this sense, this chapter is about the agency of a relatively small group of urban dwellers in north-east- ern Johannesburg, yet the story is also about the larger struggles of South Africa and its citizens in coming to terms with changing spatial, cultural and economic differences in the post-apartheid city. The property owners in Linbro Park have been engaged in a struggle against a public housing project, so

A Politics of Proximity? City Building, Enclosure and Expansion in Maputo Cities are “places of thickening connections” (Simone 2004a: 137). Cities throw people together in spaces and by virtue of proximity, by virtue of existing side by side, “they have something to do with each other” (ibid: 137). Colonial urban governments shaped these relations in African cities like Johannesburg and Maputo profoundly so that “Europeans and Africans … had both everything and nothing to do with each other” (ibid: 137). While in Johannesburg apartheid planning often left

„Not a political problem“ Die Bevölkerung im Diskurs um Kritische Infrastrukturen DANIEL F. LORENZ, MARTIN VOSS EINLEITUNG Mit dem Übergang zum 21. Jahrhundert drängt sich eine neue Er- scheinungsform der Katastrophe in den Vordergrund. Zumindest für westliche Industriegesellschaften erscheinen Katastrophen immer we- niger als „Natur“-Katastrophen und immer häufiger im Gewand des Infrastrukturausfalls aufzutreten. Unter dem Eindruck von großflächi- gen Stromausfällen, der Sperrung des Luftraumes aufgrund von Flug- asche und den jüngeren Ereignissen in

The contested politics of planning Ideology and power, accumulation and representation The above chapter has clearly shown that preconditions to guiding the contem- porary city are tough. Urban agglomerations need to be considered as complex processes in many terms. They interact and compete on various spatial scales for diverse scarce resources and are characterized by value-diversity, fragmented identities and social imbalances. Reasonably, the planning discipline started to re-arrange its approaches of how to guide and direct urban development under

The Politics and Anti-politics of HIV interventions in Kenya Ruth J. Prince INTRODUCTION Following the disputed elections of December 2007, the price of food in Kenya rose steeply, as the ensuing political violence disrupted food production and distribution networks. During 2008, the price of a kilogram of maize flour doubled.1 At the same time, the Kenyan media reported on several large-scale corruption scandals, involving government officials and politicians with financial links to maize brokers. It was alleged that maize had been sold at discounted

5 Raumbezüge von contentious politics Die bisherigen theoretischen Erörterungen behandelten Hintergründe, Realitäten und Barrieren von Demokratie im Allgemeinen und auf städtischer Ebene. Da- rauf aufbauend stand im Mittelpunkt, ideale Elemente emanzipatorischer Praxis zu identifizieren. Abschließend begebe mich nun von einer Ebene der Makroer- klärung stärker auf eine praxisnahe Ebene, um alltägliche mikropolitische Hand- lungen einfangen zu können. Aus diesem Grund werden die Raumbezüge der Akteur*innen vertiefend unter die Lupe genommen. Dadurch

Dealing with Politics in Palestine The Zan al-ʾAn Comics Project in Ramallah ANNA GABAI INTRODUCTION In Edward Said’s introduction to the 2001 edition of the graphic novel Palestine by the multi-award winning Maltese-American journalist Joe Sacco,1 Said relates an interesting personal experience with comics. He remembers how comics caused a small revolution in his imagination, as he discovered in his adolescence the American superheroes and their adventures. For Said, who went to a British school and came from a family in which education had

The politics of Sikh Islamophobia KATY P. SIAN The worldly context remains both perplexingly stirred-up and ideologically fraught, volatile, tense, changeable and even murderous. (Said 2003: 348) INTRODUCTION The emergence of a Muslim public identity in Britain in the context of the war on terror, as well as the proliferation of ethnically marked populations and the introduction of categories such as asylum seeker, economic refugees and eastern European immigrants are key factors which have come together to produce a sit- uation in which