This chapter aims to provide a critical exploration of whether or not there is a common understanding of urban policy within the EU Member States, and if so, what role the European Union (EU) has played in its development over the past 30 years. To address this question, the chapter examines the role of Europeanization in the field of national urban policies, some 20 years after the original formulation of the Europeanization concept. We aim to understand how and to what extent the 30 years of discussion and operationalization of urban policies at the EU level have impacted on the development of national urban policies in different Member States. We examine the EU Urban Agenda as a new and flexible model to address urban challenges within a framework
of Integrated Sustainable Urban Development (ISUD) and look more directly at the current and contemporary phase of urban policies promoted by the EU, trying to highlight whether and to what extent the mechanism and tools, as well as the vocabulary and meanings pr…
This paper examines the processing of height and place contrasts in vowels in words
and pseudowords, using mismatch negativity (MMN) to determine firstly whether
asymmetries resulting from underlying representations found in the processing of
vowels in isolation will remain in a word context and secondly whether there is any
difference in the way these phonological differences manifest in pseudowords. The
stimuli are two sets of English ablaut verbs and corresponding pseudowords
(sit~sat/*sif~*saf and get~got/*gef~*gof) contrasting in vowel height ([HIGH] vs.
[LOW]) and place of articulation ([CORONAL] vs. [DORSAL]). In line with previous
research, the results show a processing asymmetry for place of articulation in both
words and nonwords, while different vowel heights result in symmetrical MMN
patterns. These findings confirm that an underspecification account provides the best
explanation for featural processing and that phonological information is independent of
Interpretivist scholarship in Festival and Knowledge Studies comprise a minority, yet increasing, source of new knowledge with opportunities to generate trustworthy and authentic contributions. Rich, qualitative labours of lived experiences provide alternatives to established modes of research, particularly when exploring the ‘fuzzy concept’ of knowledge. This paper promotes greater methodological plurality, exploring the pathway to selection and adoption of phenomenology through the research process, by examining a study on (organisational) knowledge sharing among volunteers in dynamic and pulsating music festival organisations. Data is gathered utilising in-depth interviews (n=9) and diaries (n=11), while some participants engaged with both methods (n=8), and thematic analysis enabled interpretations by the researcher. This paper advocates the use of rich and deep phenomenological ‘data’ for epistemological developments in knowledge research within Festival Studies. Using interpretations of lived experience…
Background: No large international studies have investigated care transitions during or following acute hospitalisations for traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Objectives: To characterise various TBI-care pathways and the number of associated transitions during the first six months after TBI, and to assess the impact of these on functional TBI outcome controlled for demographic and injury-related factors.
Methods: A cohort study of patients with TBI admitted to a variety of trauma centres were enrolled in the Collaborative European NeuroTrauma Effectiveness Research in TBI (CENTER-TBI) study. Number of transitions and specific care pathways were identified. Multiple logistic regression analyses were used to assess impact of number of transitions and care pathways on functional outcome six months post-injury as assessed by Glasgow Outcome Scale- Extended (GOSE).
Results: 3133 patients survived the acute TBI-care pathway, and had at least one documented in-hospital transition at six-months follow-up. The m…
Thomas Elsaesser’s idea of the mind-game film crystallized in written form in 2006. Thomas emphasized in this 2006 paper that the mind-game film covers mainstream, independent, and avant-garde films from across the globe with similar aspects of style, narrative, and character-interaction. In this early formulation, he thought of mind-game films as complex hybrids of horror, science fiction, teen film, and film noir, in which fragments of these prior filmmaking trends interact with each other and are incorporated into the mind-game film. A few years after completing this extraordinary essay on Philip K. Dick, Thomas began rethinking his conception of the mind-game film. The concepts are key to Thomas’s discussion of mind-game films, but what is most important is that he discusses them in terms of his central concept of “productive pathologies”. Mind-game films “work through” paradoxes of representation and paradoxes of time.
This article explores the paradoxical gendering of Charisma in the lives of congregation members at a Charismatic Pentecostal church, the Church of Christ the King (CCK), in Brighton and Hove, UK. Gender is discussed as a ‘Hot Potato’ at CCK, a point of divergence and negotiation, and I show how these dialogues are shaped by specific symbolic and embodied forms of gendered imagination and practice which often operate counter to gender norms outside the church. Looking at the intersection of youth and gender at the church, I show how counter-cultural opposition serves to underwrite a culture of service and submission which buttresses patriarchal authority and cements gendered hierarchies within the church. As I argue, the overlooking of the relationship between religious leadership and gender is being increasingly challenged by the younger generation bringing together self-making processes from both the sacred and secular realm.
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Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) is undergoing changes within UK schools, and many topics, including healthy lifestyles, sex and relationships, and mental resilience/wellbeing will become statutory parts of the curriculum. The overall aim of this study was to describe teachers’ views about these topics and how they should be delivered. A cross sectional online survey was completed by 167 teachers (87.8% female). Questions were asked about what was currently covered in schools, and which topics were important, and appropriate. Rating scales were used to garner attitudes and open ended questions probed for more details from the participants. Peer pressure about drugs and alcohol was commonly discussed (72% of participants) however pleasurable effects of drugs were rated inappropriate by 38.1%. Sexting (75.4%), sexual consent (69.5%) were the most frequently discussed in the sex and relationship topics, while 26.5% said that sexually transmitted diseases were not appropriate to talk a…
Historic cities are valuable, cultural, economic and identity assets of each nation that project a culture’s characteristics, beliefs, lifestyles and arts. They present the socio-economic, socio-cultural and socio-political identity and traditions of residents of many ethnicities in established societies. In this regard, there is a large body of research and empirical actions to conserve, revive, renew and rehabilitate these precious centres for future generations and for people around the world as both national and international heritage. For many decades, and indeed, centuries, in Middle Eastern countries, charters that were mostly established by European and western experts were used to preserve heritage. These charters do little to support the different layers of rehabilitation of historic Islamic cities in Middle Eastern countries, partly due to lack of recognition of religion in socio-demographic patterns, as well as the influence of religious law on the structure of city development, urban activities a…
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