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Clerisy Journals are advance path breaking journals that accept an open access approach to publication, examining research as a cooperative enterprise among authors, editors, referees, and readers.
In keeping with the French feminist adage, "where repression is, she is," Ni Dhomhnaill set out to re-envision and refashion the archetypal mythic personae who have been mediated through the often misogynist biases of early Christian monks, the ruling clerisy, and Victorian antiquarians.
To strengthen this domination, confession to a priest was introduced along with clerisy and priestcraft, vestments and altars.
Not content with the income gained from tithes and rack-rents, the clerisy set about enclosing their lands, turning their sheep into devourers of men, ousting both tenants and owners from their homes, and transforming farmers into brigands and beggars.
David Simpson has argued the political case against such assimilation, perhaps a shade too fiercely but with fitting directness: "Those who understand the strategy whereby Coleridge seeks to compose us and our worlds into organic wholes, based on the covert authority of the clerisy (in social governance) and of God and the will (in our spiritual lives), but do not wish to subscribe to it, could do worse than to cast aside this particular theory of the imagination .
Social Scientists and Politics in Canada: Between Clerisy and Vanguard.
Hobsbawm quotes the figure of 2,148 "authors, editors, and journalists" for 1871, hut probably the number was higher, as few practitioners of higher journalism who wrote for the quality press of educated opinion were3 likely to be included (Christopher Kent, "Higher Journalism and the Mid-Victorian Clerisy," Victorian Studies 13 [December 1969]: 197).
No more need for a clerisy to voice the inaudible demands of the "voiceless.
For Oettinger and his fellow elitists, the ideal society is one in which the vast majority of people are minimally educated to a sub-literate comic-book level; a collectivized social order of unthinking docile workers who are dependent on an intellectual clerisy (Oettinger and company) for informational sustenance.
Its practitioners are not scientists but members of a secular clerisy drawn to some branch or other of quasitheological speculation.
Having long noted the political and social ramifications of the supposedly systematic interpretation of legal precedent lying at the heart of the common law, Coleridge suggests that a group of cultural trustees, the Clerisy, could perform a quasi-judicial role to guide reading in the public sphere.