Soundings

Articles from No. 56, Winter

After Neoliberalism: The Need for a Gender Revolution: Within Neoliberalism Sexism Constantly Finds New Cultures and Contexts, While Violence and Sexual Aggression Continue to Attract Impunity
In 2013, a time when capitalism ruled the world, the former British Library precinct within the British Museum--where Karl Marx once spent many productive years calculating this outcome--hosted an exhibition of the earliest evidence of human imagination....
After Thatcher: Still Trying to Piece It All Together: Prospects for Change, Then and Now
Sheila Rowbotham, Lynne Segal and Hilary Wainwright wrote Beyond the Fragments a generation ago. Inspired by the activism of the 1970s and faced with the imminent triumph of the right under Margaret Thatcher, they drew on their experiences as feminists...
After the Euro, the Avra: Would We Have a Better Chance of Reconciling Democracy and Capitalism If We Had a Rethink on Europe?
In the best tradition of critical theory, in his 2012 Frankfurt Adorno lectures sociologist Wolfgang Streeck traced the causes of the current global financial crisis to fundamental contradictions between the capitalist economy and democratic politics....
A Growing Discontent: Class and Generation under Neoliberalism: The Problems of Young People Are a Direct Result of the Emerging New Class Settlement
Three stories Angry--but at what? thump, thump ... thump, thump, THUD It's 1 am, and that's the noise of my upstairs neighbour in Mile End, Jack, banging on my ceiling with an unidentified heavy object. He thinks he's being kept awake by the...
Editorial
We start the issue with the two most recent instalments from the Kilburn Manifesto. Beatrix Campbell writes on the ways in which patriarchy is entangled with neoliberalism, while Ben Little writes on the ways in which generational politics is articulated...
Effects of Gravity: German Coalition Politics and the 2013 Elections: Is the German Orientation towards Consensus and Coalition a Form of Anti-Politics?
The German enthusiasm for acronyms, combined with a grimmer passion for coalition politics, has now produced the 'GroKoII'--the second grosse Koalition within a decade between the Christian Democratic Union and the German Social Democratic Party. In...
Future Options for the NHS: How Should Labour Be Approaching Its Future Health Policy?
In this article we first briefly summarise some of the main developments likely to take place in the NHS in the run up to the 2015 general election, and then outline possible responses by a future Labour government. Developments in the near future...
In Memory of Stuart Hall
The news that our much loved co-editor Stuart Hall had died arrived as this issue was going to press. Words cannot express our sense of loss. There is no-one who can fill the gap Stuart has left--intellectually, politically or personally. What follows...
Life after Work: A Roundtable Discussion on Work and Precarity
Jo What are the main problems with work today? Nina We have high unemployment, a massive increase in very low paid work, expanding hours, zero hours contracts, unpaid internships, exploited grey-market labour and prison labour and so on. At the...
Reel Iraq
When my neighbour on the train asked me where I was heading, I smiled. 'Iraq', I replied, noting the surprise on his face. Silence. Then, 'what would a young lady be doing going to Iraq?!' I explained that, no, I was not in the army, but that I was...
Selfishness in Austerity Times: What Role Does the Term Selfishness Play in Current Political Battles?
Who are the really selfish people in our society? Why should I pay to support you and yours? Why can't I keep what I earn? Who deserves better? Surely charity begins at home? The increased circulation of questions such as these is indicative of...
The New Moralism: Austerity, Silencing and Debt Morality: Do Hard Lives Always Lead to Harsh Judgements?
This article seeks to understand why it is easier to blame the poor, the unemployed and migrants for the financial crisis, rather than to hold responsible those in power. To help explore this question I will look at ways in which the current public...
The Relational Society: A Response to Michael Rustin: How Can We Make Relationships More Central to Services?
The welfare state was built on an idea of redistribution--economic redistribution between the rich and the poor, but just as importantly redistribution of social support between people at different stages of their life cycle. As Michael Rustin argued...
Youth Rebellion and Social Mobilisation in Sweden: Recent Street Rebellions in Sweden Are Part of a Wider Pattern, but Also Have Distinctly Swedish Elements
In 2013 the world was taken by surprise by the series of uprisings that took place in the high-rise suburbs of Stockholm and around Sweden--for a week Swedish youth were hitting the global headlines. The country had not seen unrest on this scale since...