BOOKS RECEIVED: Elisabetta Viggiani, “Talking Stones: The Politics of Memorialization in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
If memory was simply about past events, public authorities would never put their ever-shrinking budgets at its service. Rather, memory is actually about the present moment, as Pierre Nora puts it: “Through the past, we venerate above all ourselves.” This… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Daniel D. Miller, “The Myth of Normative Secularism: Religion and Politics in the Democratic Homeworld” (Duquesne UP, 2016)
Modern political thought at least in the West has long presupposed that religion and politics constitute two distinct spheres with clearly demarcated boundaries. However, recent political developments, such as the rise of global Islamism and the American religious Right, have… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Soraya Boudia and Nathalie Jas, eds., “Powerless Science?: Science and Politics in a Toxic World” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
In spite of decades of research on toxicants, along with the growing role of scientific expertise in public policy and the unprecedented rise in the number of national and international institutions dealing with environmental health issues, problems surrounding contaminants and… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Egbert Klautke, “The Mind of the Nation: Volkerpsychologie in Germany, 1851-1955” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Volkerpsychologie played an important role in establishing the social sciences via the works of such scholars as Georg Simmel, Emile Durkheim, Ernest Renan, Franz Boas, and Werner Sombart. In Germany, the intellectual history of “folk psychology” was represented by Moritz… Read More
Olaf Zenker, “Irishness Is All Around Us: Language Revivalism and the Culture of Ethnic Identity in Northern Ireland”
Focusing on Irish speakers in Catholic West Belfast, this ethnography on Irish language and identity explores the complexities of changing, and contradictory, senses of Irishness and shifting practices of ‘Irish culture’ in the domains of language, music, dance and sports.… Read More
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