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Popularization and/or Trivialization of Philosophy in Voltaire's Narrative Candide or Optimism

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Voltaire produced his works within the literary-historical period of Classicism and Enlightenment, in which the prevalent role of literature was educational. The period also dictated what genre, theme, style and structure authors should follow. However, more and more changes of literary genres appear, and the process of stratification of literature into high and trivial takes place. The aim of this paper is to describe the polarization of two mutually different processes involved in the literary shaping of Voltaire's philosophical narrative Candide or Optimism. In Voltaire's narrative, the popularization of philosophy, in order to simplify and illuminate the philosophical writings of G. W. Leibniz, results in the changes of style and content that become understandable to the general readership since they work within the scheme of an adventure novel. In this process, trivialization does not affect only the genre, but is also present in other parts of literary analysis and interpretation such as the theme, motifs, structure, characterization, narrative techniques, stylistic features, and so on.

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Gender Representation of Athletes in Finnish and Swedish Tabloids
A quantitative and qualitative content analysis of Athens 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympics coverage

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The study examines quantitatively and qualitatively gender representation in Finnish and Swedish tabloids’ sports coverage during Athens 2004 summer and Turin 2006 winter Olympics. Several media studies argue that sports journalism marginalises women’s sports and sexualises female athletes. The results of this study show that male athletes received more coverage than female athletes in every tabloid, but when the number of domestic participants and their level of success were considered, neither country’s tabloids quantitatively marginalised women’s sports. Qualitative analysis found that research stereotypes showing trivialisation and sexualisation of female athletes were incorrect, with the exception of Finnish tabloids representations of female athletes participating in sports that are considered masculine. For the most part, female athletes were represented in the same way as male athletes. However, it should be emphasised that the material is limited to Olympics coverage: during such major sporting events women are treated more equally, particularly quantitatively.

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Preliminary results of studies on the distribution of invasive alien vascular plant species occurring in semi-natural and natural habitats in NW Poland

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In Western Pomerania, as in other areas of Europe, alien species play an increasingly important role. In particular, invasive plants tend to spread rapidly and in large numbers which may reduce diversity of native species, leading to the phenomenon of “trivialisation of flora”, and transform ecosystems. The list of invasive species (32 taxa) includes alien species occurring throughout Western Pomerania, and penetrating natural or semi-natural habitats. The second group consists of potentially invasive species (23 taxa), i.e. those distributed across the area under study and tending to increase the number of their localities in semi-natural and natural habitats, taxa invasive only locally, as well as species with missing data, which does not currently allow including them into the first group. Invasive weeds, as well as some epecophytes and archaeophytes occurring only on anthropogenic sites and tending to spread, were not taken into account. Among hemiagriophytes, the most common and troublesome ones are: Conyza canadensis, Erigeron annuus, Lolium multiflorum, Lupinus polyphyllus, Solidago canadensis, S. gigantea. Among holoagriophytes, i.e. the taxa which received the highest naturalisation status, very expansive species, successful in land colonisation, like Acer negundo, Bidens frondosa, B. connata, Clematis vitalba, Elodea canadensis, Epilobium ciliatum, Heracleum sosnowskyi, Impatiens glandulifera, I. parviflora, Padus serotina, Quercus rubra and Robinia pseudoacacia, should be given particular attention. Among the invasive and potentially invasive species, most taxa penetrate plant communities of the Artemisietea and Molinio-Arrhenatheretea class, followed by Querco-Fagetea, Vaccinio-Piceetea, Stellarietea mediae, Salicetea purpurae and Koelerio-Corynophoretea. The number of invasive species is twice as high when compared to the situation of these species in Poland; on the contrary, the number of species inhabiting anthropogenic, semi-natural and natural habitats is two times lower, while that of holoagriophytes and hemiagriophytes is 56.3% and 43.7%, respectively. It seems that in the case of some invasive and potentially invasive species, a decrease in the number of their locations may be observed from the west to the east (e.g. for Acer negundo, Bromus carinatus, Clematis vitalba, Helianthus tuberosus, Lycium barbarum, Reynoutria japonica, Rosa rugosa, Vicia grandiflora). Distribution patterns for some species (e.g. for Parthenocytisus inserta or Xanthium albinum) are indicative of a likely major role of the Odra River valley in the spreading of invasive species. It should be kept in mind that the area of the North-West Poland is poorly examined in terms of its flora, so the results provided in this paper are tentative. Nevertheless, the maps illustrate colonisation trends and directions and, moreover, have been so far the only attempt to synthesise this problem in NW Poland.

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Otherism in Discourses, Integration in Policies?

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Attractiveness of Rural Areas for Young, Educated Women in Post-Industrial Society

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25 Years of the Leader Initiative as European Rural Development Policy: The Case of Extremadura (SW Spain)

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Attitudes towards the Government’s Remembrance Policy in Poland: Results of an Experimental Study

trivializes in post-Communist Romania. Nationalities Papers 42 (6): 942–964. Smith, Rogers (2003): Stories of Peoplehood: The Politics and Mortality of Political Membership . New York: Cambridge University Press. Smoczyńska, Anna, Górowska-Fells, Magdalena, Maluchnik, Beata, Płatos, Beata, Chojnacki, Michał, Smolik, Marcin (2012): The System of Education in Poland . Warszawa: Polish Eurydice Unit & Foundation for the Development of the Education System. Stan, Lavinia (2006): The Vanishing Truth? Politics and Memory in Post-Communist Europe . East

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From Saint Sava to Milosevic – The Pantheon of (Anti)heroes in Serbian Presidential Election (2017)

and genocide in Srebrenica]. Accessed May 28, 2017. https://www.fokus.ba/vijesti/globus/ljubisa-preletacevic-beli-o-kosovu-rusiji-genocidu-usrebrenici/665024/ “Ljubiša Preletačević – Beli o Kosovu, Rusiji, genocidu u Srebrenici…” 2017 [Ljubisa Preletacevic – Beli on Kosovo, Russia and genocide in Srebrenica]. Accessed May 28 2017 https://www.fokus.ba/vijesti/globus/ljubisa-preletacevic-beli-o-kosovu-rusiji-genocidu-usrebrenici/665024/ “Ljubišin cilj je da pobedi, Lukin da banalizuje situaciju.” 2017. [Ljubisa’s aim is to win, Luka’s – to trivialize the

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Forgotten Slovakia Civic Initiative: Talking Openly about Extremism. Parallel Monologues or a Discussion on Values?

refer to what was said in the previous town, wishing to add or explain things. Their reactions are characterized by specific ideological preparation (questioning or trivialization of the Holocaust, questions about the number of Slavic victims during World War II, or questions about President Jozef Tiso) or populist arguments typically used by ĽSNS representatives (e.g., let us leave the past; we are interested in the current bad situation; Roma delinquency; corruption scandals; migrant threat, threats to Christian Slovakia, and so on). The second group of actors

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Local planning attitudes: Comparative content analysis of municipal director plans of shrinking Portuguese cities

trivialising observing without acceptance expansive countering certain acceptance maintenance accepting acceptance planning for decline utilising Positive Table 3 Strategy towards urban and expansion areas for housing (A) and strategy towards population decrease (B) TYPE A B TYPE 1 without goals indifferent TYPE 2 expansion countering TYPE 3 maintenance accepting TYPE 4 shrinkage utilising Source : Based on Danielzyk et al. (2002) , Farke (2005) , Hospers (2013

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