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8. Key management

8. Key management  

Fred Piper and Sean Murphy

in Cryptography: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2002
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775741
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803153.003.0008
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9780192803153
The security of any cryptographic system is totally dependent on the security of the keys. ‘Key management’ explains how keys must be protected during all phases of their life cycle — key ... More
5. Underdogs

5. Underdogs  

Matthew Bevis

in Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778131
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.003.0006
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9780199601714
‘Underdogs’ explores the attraction of the less fortunate in comedy. Socrates suggests that we enjoy the spectacle of others doing daft things we would secretly like to do ourselves. ... More
7. Performative language

7. Performative language  

Jonathan Culler

in Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jul 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778384
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10.1093/actrade/9780199691340.003.0007
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9780199691340
‘Performative language’ considers issues concerning the meaning and effects of language, identity and the nature of the subject. Performative utterances do not describe but perform the ... More
1. Identity

1. Identity  

Lynda Mugglestone

in Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777639
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199573790.003.0001
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9780199573790
‘Identity’ makes the point that dictionaries are popularly seen in terms of constraint and regulation, defending rather than describing the language. Instead, they profoundly engage with ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Fred Piper and Sean Murphy

in Cryptography: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2002
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775741
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803153.003.0001
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9780192803153
The ‘Introduction’ outlines the aims of this VSI, which is to present a non-technical introduction to cryptology — the art and science of code-making and code-breaking — and to show why we ... More
3. In and out of character

3. In and out of character  

Matthew Bevis

in Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778131
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.003.0004
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9780199601714
Is predictability the secret to good comedy? Character becomes comic as person is reduced to thing, and this thing-ness becomes something habitual. Comic character has a ridiculous ... More
1. Saints, Werewolves, Knights, and a Poète Maudit: Allegiance and Character in the Middle Ages

1. Saints, Werewolves, Knights, and a Poète Maudit: Allegiance and Character in the Middle Ages  

John D. Lyons

in French Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777516
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199568727.003.0001
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9780199568727
‘Saints, werewolves, knights, and a poète maudit: allegiance and character in the Middle Ages’ explains how the protagonists of medieval texts are presented primarily in terms of their ... More
1. What is forensic science?

1. What is forensic science?  

Jim Fraser

in Forensic Science: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777400
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199558056.003.0001
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9780199558056
Forensic science is described as the investigation, explanation, and evaluation of events of legal relevance including the identity, origin, and life history of humans, materials, ... More
5. People, objects, and identity

5. People, objects, and identity  

Michael Allen Fox

in Home: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2016
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Dec 2016
eISBN: 
9780191809385
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10.1093/actrade/9780198747239.003.0005
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9780198747239
‘People, objects, and identity’ considers how the home is a major focus in the construction of self-identity and how people carve out home space even within institutions. It suggests that a ... More
7. Racist identities: ambivalence, contradiction, and commitment

7. Racist identities: ambivalence, contradiction, and commitment  

Ali Rattansi

in Racism: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2007
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776137
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192805904.003.0008
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chapter
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9780192805904
People are often accused of using racialized language but this is not the same as being called a racist. What constitutes an identity? An individual or group identity is only partly a ... More
3. Politics and identity

3. Politics and identity  

Christopher Butler

in Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775550
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192802392.003.0003
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9780192802392
The most important postmodernist ethical argument concerns the relationship between discourse and power. ‘Politics and identity’ outlines Michel Foucault's influential analysis of this ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Véronique Mottier

in Sexuality: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2008
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777196
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10.1093/actrade/9780199298020.003.0001
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9780199298020
In the modern world, there is no escape from sex: we are bombarded by role models and advice on intimate relationships. Sexual imagery sells and it is now everywhere. The Introduction looks ... More
2. Art

2. Art  

Rebecca Arnold

in Fashion: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2009
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777318
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199547906.003.0003
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9780199547906
Since the mid-19th century, fashion increased in pace and the art world went through a similar cycle of change. There was a crossover in thematic concerns between the two disciplines, from ... More
6. Helping the helper

6. Helping the helper  

Michael Dunn and Tony Hope

in Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2018
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Nov 2018
eISBN: 
9780191853173
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198815600.003.0006
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9780198815600
‘Helping the helper’ shows how ethics support can be introduced to shape ethical understanding and good healthcare practice using an example from a care home setting where everyday care is ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Rab Houston

in Scotland: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191777059
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10.1093/actrade/9780199230792.003.0001
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9780199230792
The ‘Introduction’ sets out questions relevant to this VSI: Are the Scots really just a sort of English? Is Scotland a distinctive entity within Britain? What things do Scotland and England ... More
5. DNA: identity, relationships, and databases

5. DNA: identity, relationships, and databases  

Jim Fraser

in Forensic Science: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777400
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199558056.003.0005
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9780199558056
‘DNA: identity, relationships, and databases’ looks at the biological basis of DNA profiling and how DNA is analysed and interpreted in different case types. DNA evidence is useful because ... More
Forensic Science: A Very Short Introduction

Forensic Science: A Very Short Introduction  

Jim Fraser

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777400
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199558056.001.0001
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book
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9780199558056
Forensic Science: A Very Short Introduction introduces the concept of forensic science and explains how it is used in the investigation of crime. In forensic science, a ... More
6. Below the waterline of the number iceberg

6. Below the waterline of the number iceberg  

Peter M. Higgins

in Numbers: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777820
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199584055.003.0006
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chapter
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9780199584055
‘Below the waterline of the number iceberg’ introduces numbers other than positive integers. Integers are all whole numbers, positive and negative, and can be arranged along a number line. ... More
1. What is a table?

1. What is a table?  

Stephen Mumford

in Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778308
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199657124.003.0002
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chapter
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9780199657124
‘What is a table?’ aims to define what it is to be a particular thing. It is a particular that bears certain properties but is not identical with, nor reducible to, those properties. Some ... More
4. What is a change?

4. What is a change?  

Stephen Mumford

in Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778308
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199657124.003.0005
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9780199657124
‘What is a change?’ discusses events and processes where change is involved. An event may involve just a single change, whereas a process suggests a complex series of more than one change ... More

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