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Up in Arms provides an illustrative and timely window onto the ways in which guns shape people’s lives and social relations in Texas. With a long history of myth, lore, and imaginaries attached to gun carrying, the Lone Star State exemplifies how various groups of people at different historical moments make sense of gun culture in light of legislation, political agendas, and community building. Beyond gun rights, restrictions, or the actual functions of firearms, the book demonstrates how the gun question itself becomes loaded with symbolic firepower, making or breaking assumptions about identities, behavior, and belief systems.

Contributors include: Benita Heiskanen, Albion M. Butters, Pekka M. Kolehmainen, Laura Hernández-Ehrisman, Lotta Kähkönen, Mila Seppälä, and Juha A. Vuori.
Volume Editors: Kirsten John-Stucke and Daniela Siepe
Wewelsburg Castle in Germany figures prominently in right-wing conspiracy theories and popular culture. This book sheds light onto the background and impact of these myths for the first time.
During the Nazi era, this Westphalian castle became a key venue for gatherings of high ranking SS leaders. After World War II, rumors about occult SS rituals made the place a pilgrimage site of the extreme right. The northern tower’s ornamental sun wheel design, today known as the “Black Sun,” appears in thrillers, comic books, and in the right-wing music scene. It has morphed into a dubious visual element of today’s pop culture and is now familiar to people throughout the world as a symbol of neofascist and alt-right groups. The lavishly illustrated volume traces facts and fiction about the origins and current reception of the myths related to Wewelsburg Castle and the sun wheel symbol.
Volume Editors: Ana Simões and Maria Paula Diogo
Why write a book about science, technology, and medicine in Lisbon? No one questions the value of similar studies of European capital cities such as Paris or London, but they are not reflective of the norm. Alongside its unique characteristics, Lisbon more closely represents the rule and deserves attention as such. This book offers the first urban history of science, technology and medicine in Lisbon, 1840-1940. It addresses the hybrid character of a European port city, scientific capital and imperial metropolis. It discusses the role of science, technology, and medicine in the making of Lisbon, framed by the analysis of invisibilities, urban connections, and techno-scientific imaginaries. The book is accompanied by a virtual interactive map.
Race and Racism in Post-apartheid South Africa
Paradise Lost. Race and Racism in Post-apartheid South Africa is about the continuing salience of race and persistence of racism in post-apartheid South Africa. The chapters in the volume illustrate the multiple ways in which race and racism are manifested and propose various strategies to confront racial inequality, racism and the power structure that underpins it, while exploring, how, through a renewed commitment to a non-racial society, apartheid racial categories can be put under erasure at exactly the time they are being reinforced.
An Ethnography of Emic Histories and Indigenous Revivalism in Post-Apartheid Cape Town
Author: Rafael Verbuyst
The Khoisan of the Cape are widely considered virtually extinct as a distinct collective following their decimation, dispossession and assimilation into the mixed-race group ‘coloured’ during colonialism and apartheid. However, since the democratic transition of 1994, increasing numbers of ‘Khoisan revivalists’ are rejecting their coloured identity and engaging in activism as indigenous people. Based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Cape Town, this book takes an unprecedented bottom-up approach. Centring emic perspectives, it scrutinizes Khoisan revivalism’s origins and explores the diverse ways Khoisan revivalists engage with the past to articulate a sense of indigeneity and stake political claims.
Author: Kobi Peled
The book explores the political poetry recited by the Negev Bedouin from the late Ottoman period to the late twentieth century. By closely reading fifty poems Peled sheds light on the poets’ sentiments and worldviews. To get to the bottom of the issues that inspired their poetry, he weaves an interpretive web informed by the study of language, culture and history.
The poems reveal that the poets were perfectly aware of the workings of the power systems that took control of their lives and lifestyle. Their poetry indicates that they did not remain silent but practiced their art in the face of their hardships, observing the collapse of their world with a mixture of despair and inspiration, bitterness and wit.
Studien zu Konstruktion, gesellschaftlicher Wirkungsmacht und Erinnerung
›Volksgemeinschaft‹ zählte zu den politischen Schlüsselbegriffen der Weimarer Republik. Die nationalsozialistische Propaganda konnte Vorstellungen, die sich mit diesem Begriff verbanden, bereits vor der Machtübernahme instrumentalisieren. Nach 1933 entwickelte sich die Parole von der ›Volksgemeinschaft‹ zu einem zentralen Moment der NS-Ideologie. Sie hatte wesentlichen Anteil am Erfolg der Nationalsozialisten, eine breite Zustimmung für ihr Vorgehen und ihre Ziele in der deutschen Bevölkerung zu mobilisieren. Die Schriftenreihe bietet Studien, die Vergemeinschaftungsprozesse im Nationalsozialismus in unterschiedlichen gesellschaftlichen Funktionsbereichen untersuchen, nach den Bedingungen, Formen und Folgen der Durchsetzung von Vorstellungen von ›Volksgemeinschaft‹ fragen oder sich mit dem Fortwirken bzw. der bewussten Tradierung nach 1945 auseinandersetzen.
Großeinrichtungen, Debatten und Deinstitutionalisierung seit den 1970er Jahren
Seit den 1960er Jahren standen „Anstalten“ in der Kritik. Sie galten als starres Instrument der Sozialpolitik, als totale Institutionen und Widerspruch zu zeitgemäßen Lebensformen. „Deinstitutionalisierung“ lautete das neue Paradigma. Der gesellschaftliche Umgang mit Hilfebedürftigen und Randgruppen sollte nicht länger der Eigenlogik eines ghettoisierenden Systems folgen, sondern individuellen Bedürfnissen und Ansprüchen der Betroffenen Rechnung tragen. Seither entwickelten sich offene, integrative und gemeindenahe Hilfeangebote und -formen.
Die Autorinnen und Autoren spüren diesen Entwicklungen auf unterschiedlichen Feldern nach. Sie fragen nach Entstehungsbedingungen, Widersprüchen und Beharrungskräften. Schließlich war der Wandel keine konfliktfreie Erfolgsgeschichte. Das Recht auf ein selbstbestimmtes Leben musste von den Betroffenen häufig erst erstritten werden. Regional und transnational vergleichend nehmen die Beiträge die Heimerziehung und die Jugendhilfe, die Versorgungsstrukturen für Menschen mit Behinderungen, die Psychiatrien sowie den Umgang mit Strafgefangenen, Obdachlosen und Suchterkrankten in den Blick. Damit eröffnet der Band erstmals einen systematischen Überblick über das „Ende der Anstalten“ seit den 1970er Jahren.