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Articles from No. 87, 2016

Austere Creativity and Volunteer-Run Public Services: The Case of Lewisham's Libraries
INTRODUCTIONThe article will explore the mobilisation of the concept of 'creativity' within the austerity context; stripped of any oppositional or transgressive aspects, it is used to mean the resourcefulness and ingenuity of citizens to adapt and 'problemsolve'...
Austerity Futures: Debt, Temporality and (Hopeful) Pessimism as an Austerity Mood
INTRODUCTIONIn November 2011, the UK research company Ipsos MORI published the results of a telephone survey, commissioned by the British Sunday newspaper The Observer, on British adults' attitudes towards the economic and social climate. The survey...
Digital Debt Management: The Everyday Life of Austerity
INTRODUCTIONWe have passed the halfway mark of a decade of austerity in the United Kingdom. As we look forward, a retreat from its logics appears to be a distant prospect. Central government-led cuts to welfare provision and public services are justifi...
Higher Frequency
Ian Haney López, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism & Wrecked the Middle Class, New York, Oxford University Press, 2014, 304pp; £11.99 paperback.While many political journalists, scholars, and critics acknowledge...
Living and Feeling the Austere
AUSTERITY AS LIVEDHow is austerity made present in everyday life? In what ways is it felt and registered in sensing bodies? How does austerity shape capacities to feel and act? Such questions are vital to understanding austerity's effects, yet have rarely...
Modernist Philosophy?
Ben Ware, Dialectic of the Ladder: Wittgenstein, the 'Tractatus' and Modernism, London, Bloomsbury, 2015, xiv + 212pp.; £65.00 hardcover.From Mallarmé to Pound and Eliot, from Joyce to Woolf and Kafka, modernist writers have characteristically offered...
Plagued by the Self
Élisabeth Roudinesco, Lacan: In Spite of Everything, trans. Gregory Elliott, London, Verso, 2014.As anyone who has attempted to teach Lacan's work will recognise, there are perhaps as many different Lacans as there are readers of Lacan. The tendency...
Race, Debt and the Welfare State
Obviously, we are talking about a negative subjection, the most obvious indication that f lows of knowledge, action, and mobility, although continually solicited, lead only to repressive and regressive subjectivation.1The tendencies in favour of general...
Taste after Bourdieu
Antoine Hennion, The Passion for Music: A Sociology of Mediation, translated by Margaret Rigaud and Peter Collier, Farnham, Ashgate, 2015, 339pp, £75 hardbackDavid Wright, Understanding Cultural Taste: Sensation, Skill and Sensibility, Basingstoke, Palgrave...
Tax Justice in Austerity: Logics, Residues and Attachments
INTRODUCTION: WAKING UP TO TAX AVOIDANCEIn April 2014, a tweet composed by coffee-drinker and poet Steve Pottinger received signifi cant attention in the UK news media.1 Pottinger used the tweet to publicise a letter he had written to Caffè Nero in which...
The Long Conjuncture
Lisa Lowe, The Intimacies of Four Continents, Durham NC and London, Duke University Press, 2015, 319pp; £16.99 paperbackJames Epstein, Scandal of Colonial Rule: Power and Subversion in the British Atlantic during the Age of Revolution, New York and Cambridge,...
What Is Austerity?
Jeremy: How do we defi ne 'austerity'? Is there an economic defi nition or is it a purely political concept? Or is it a socio-cultural category? What do you think, from an economist's point of view?James: In practice it's political. There's a hard and...
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