Soundings

Articles from No. 36, Summer

A De-Militarised War
Faisal Devji argues that because 'terror' is an abstract concept, the war against it cannot be conducted according to military norms. This can be clearly seen in the history of Abu Ghraib.Following the attacks of 1 1 September 2001 on New York and Washington,...
Anthropological Account
This is a long distance field tripto frozen, slippery mountain topsfrozen reefs which have surfaced slowlysilently, of their own accord;the friction of frozen waves' rigid planesthe only sound in a clean, white, unearthly panorama.My presence is merely...
Guidelines for Envisioning Real Utopias
Erik Olin Wright offers insights into ways of thinking about alternative futures.To be a radical critic of existing institutions and social structures is to identify harms that are generated by existing arrangements, to formulate alternatives which mitigate...
Is Capitalism China's Salvation?
Will Hutton, The Writing on the Wall: China and the West in the Twenty-first Century, Little, BrownChairman Mao once famously declared, at a time when China was suffering immense rural poverty, that 'only socialism can save China'. Later, due to the...
Liberalism in Iran
Iranian philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo in conversation with Danny PostelRamin Jahanbegloo is one of Iran's preeminent intellectual figures and in this role has been responsible for bringing Indian, European and North American intellectuals to lecture...
Nanotechnology and Visions of the Future
Richard Jones offers a user-friendly guide to the science that underlies nanotechnology and the debates that surround it.Few new technologies have been accompanied by such expansive promises of their potential to change the world as nanotechnology. For...
New Labour, the Market State, and the End of Welfare
Jonathan Rutherford looks at the connections between government and the insurance business in their joint project to reduce eligibility for sickness benefits.In November 2001 a conference assembled at Woodstock, near Oxford. Its subject was 'Malingering...
Politics and Markets
The market is constantly encroaching on our lives, and it increasingly pervades our politics too. The contributors to Soundings 36 explore this issue in a number of different ways.Ken Livingstone is one of the most interesting and creative politicians...
The Politics of Time
Valerie Bryson argues for resistance to the resultsoriented 'clock-time' of the capitalist economy.In recent years, a number of time related issues have risen up the political agenda in the UK. Concern about the damaging effects of long working hours...
The World We're In: An Interview with Ken Livingstone
Ken Livingstone talks to Doreen Massey about London as a global city, and how times - and politics - have changed since the GLC of the 1980s. On the one hand, London is now a place unrivalled in its particular form of multiculturalism. On the other,...
What's Wrong with Happiness?
Michael Rustin argues that greater well-being is unlikely to be promoted in a system whose main goal is increased economic efficiency.This article is a contribution to the debate on the questionable connections between economic growth and enhanced happiness...
Zionism, Antisemitism and the Struggle against Racism
Nira Yuval-Davis argues that it is important to distinguish between different histories of racialisation when discussing Zionism as a form of racism.In spite of the great efforts made by the Israeli government and its supporters throughout the years...
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