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    Public apologia, moral transgression and degradation ceremonies

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    This paper discusses some socio-psychological aspects of reconciliation with the recent communist past in eastern Europe using the example of a public apologia of a Romanian public intellectual on his alleged collaboration with the Securitate, the former communist secret police. In order to address these issues, data are drawn from a wider project investigating the social construction of the communist/post-communist past in talk and text (Tileagă 2009a, b; 2011, 2012a, b; in press). The paper argues that public apologia for wrongdoing displays a double dynamic of degradation: personal and institutional. It is argued that public apologia serves a two-fold function: on one hand, it is an attempt to manage a personal ‘spoiled’ identity and provides the grounds for atonement. On the other hand, it is an attempt to (re)write biography by elucidating the influence of the wider social context relevant to identity transformation. By drawing on sociological work on degradation ceremonies and discourse analysis in social psychology the paper shows how public apologia can be understood as a social product and discursive accomplishment

    Pyrrhic Liturgy (Poem)

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    A poem about the enculturated rhetoric, rituals and degradation ceremonies within tabloid news cycles and consumption, and the costliness of their collateral consequences

    “THE POLICE DON’T DO ANYTHING. EVEN WHEN THEY GET TOLD ABOUT THESE CREEPS”: AN EXPLORATION OF HOW VIGILANTES ATTEMPT TO GAIN LEGITIMACY AS LEADERS OF STATUS DEGRADATION CEREMONIES

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    Status degradation ceremonies are a process through which a denouncer(s) and members of a community shift an individual’s status within their social group to a lower position (Garfinkel, 1956). Current status degradation ceremony literature primarily focuses on ceremonies that are carried out by formal officials as well as the impacts of these ceremonies on the denounced individuals. This research provides insights into ceremonies led by “pseudo-officials,” individuals or groups who hold no formally recognised position but claim to act in the public interest in the same manner as formally appointed officials are expected to. This exploratory case study focuses on the cyber-vigilante organisation Creep Catchers and their attempts to gain legitimacy in their role as a denouncer responsible for carrying out status degradation ceremonies. Using a social constructionist framework, the thesis examines how Creep Catchers constructs the sexual exploitation of children online as a widespread, but hidden phenomenon that has been neglected by the officials charged with combatting it. In doing so, Creep Catchers attempts to establish the grounds by which they are justified in their attempts to act as denouncers in status degradation ceremonies that target online child predators. However, legitimacy as a denouncer must be conferred by the audiences who witness the ceremony. Thus, the reaction to Creep Catchers by their online audience is unpacked to examine both the acceptance and rejection of Creep Catchers as legitimate denouncers

    Shangri-la: From Utopia to Wasteland?

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    The rapid urbanization movement in China’s uplands and up-streams, home to ethnic groups, are problematic for ecological and cultural reasons. Shangri-La County in southwest China is one such destination that has experienced such environmental and sociocultural challenges. The scale and speed of urbanization that has occurred in Shangri-La has outpaced what local communities can adapt to. As a consequence, a significant regional wetland as well as a culturally important water burial site are in serious distress

    Maple Syrup Value Systems and Value Chains - Considering Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Perspectives

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    Harvested from both intensive sugar maple stands and diverse mixed forest ecosystems across Ontario, maple syrup is an important rural and Aboriginal non-timber forest product that contributes to social, economic and environmental sustainability. This paper presents our ongoing work to map Ontario’s maple syrup value system from two different perspectives, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal. In the economic sense, analyses of value systems are useful for members to identify the opportunities and challenges they are facing to advance industry growth and innovation. In the social and environmental sense, these analyses provide a window into how different worldviews and belief systems can lead to more effective and sustainable maple production. A value system is the inter-connected network of firms and activities that comprise an industry from the supplier to the consumer that is focused on quality and efficiency rather than costs. In this project, we pushed the boundaries of the traditional business approach, to incorporate sustainable development thinking and re-imagine the mapping according to Aboriginal ways of knowing. We undertook thirty four interviews representing Aboriginal and rural industry members and other key informants. We compare and contrast the rural and Aboriginal models of the value systems and conclude by providing insights useful for community forestry operations

    Magic and loss. Notes on an international design workshop dedicated to the waterfront of Kolkata

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    Designing water spaces and their margins is a very critical operation, especially in a megalopolis like Kolkata, one of the ten most populous cities in the world, with great previsions of demographic growth in the coming years (15.5 million in 2010, 18.5 million in 2020). In Europe, in recent years water has been attracting growing consideration from the planning standpoint. For several decades waterfronts were abandoned, used to locate industrial facilities, sometimes blocked by highways, closed off by walls, used for storage places, and warehouses. Post-industrial cities are evidently turning the face towards their rivers by creating new waterfronts with pleasant environments for leisure and work, places for bars and restaurants, urban beaches and sports clubs, promenades along the river, new landscapes, including the restoration of riparian vegetation. All activities are part of a developing process and aimed at improving the overall quality of urban life. Is it conceivable to renew the relationship between the city of Kolkata and the Hooghly River, which will necessarily be enhanced in the coming years, without destroying its special feeling of place

    Christian Initiation: Development, Dismemberment, Reintegration

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    (excerpt) Worshipers tend to assume that the patterns of worship that they know have been practiced since time immemorial. A little familiarity with liturgical history soon reveals that that is not in fact the case. You in your churches, with your new Lutheran Book of Worship (1978), have inevitably been introduced to some liturgical history as you had to come to terms with new things that were really old things
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