Soundings

Articles from No. 38, Spring

Andrew Glyn 1943-2007
The socialist economist Andrew Glyn died on 22 December 2007. He belonged to a generation of socialist scholars who challenged the orthodoxies of the past and pioneered new ways of thinking about the historical phase of capitalist development which began...
A New Politics of Class
Interview with Jon Cruddas MPJon Cruddas talks to Jonathan Rutherford about socialism, class and the Labour Party.What brought you into politics?I was from a very political family, but not in terms of formal party politics. Ours were informed by Catholic...
Becoming Common
Becoming common Nicola Montagna Massimo De Angelis, The Beginning of History: Value Struggles and Global Capital, Pluto PressMassimo De Angelis is an Italian scholar who has been based in London since the early 1990s. He grew up in Italy in the 1970s,...
Contradictions in the Contemporary Welfare State
Michael Rustin engages with some of the issues raised in Andrew Cooper's article.Andrew Cooper is certainly right in his article in this issue of Soundings to identify major changes in the British welfare state. His characterisation of them, written...
Cultures of Capitalism
As Jonathan Rutherford argues in his essay in this issue, since the 1970s we have seen big changes in the patterns of world politics, economics and culture. Manufacturing has massively shifted from the north to the south, while the workforce in rich...
England and the 'National-Popular'
Andrew Pearmain discusses the question of Englishness.What does it mean to be English? Let's start with the fashionably confessional/genealogical. I am about the most English person I know. As far back as I can go - admittedly, like most ordinary English...
Happiness in a Society of Individuals
Zygmunt Bauman looks at the ways in which ideologies of privatisation shape our desires, and at the reasons they are unlikely to be fulfilled.Nicolas Sarkozy, the newly elected president of France, declared in a June 2007 television interview: ? am not...
Inequality and Recession in the US and Britain
The 'new economy' model pioneered in the USA and UK is leading to global instability, and to increasing levels of inequality.There is now a voluminous literature on growing inequality, not to mention an avalanche of newspaper articles on City bonuses...
Modern Death - Who Cares?
Allan Kellehear argues that end of life care is lagging behind other health areas: the process of dying is poorly understood and frequently unprovided for in the modern health service.Recently I decided to do a quick survey of my academic and civil service...
Personalisation, Education and the Market
Michael Fielding puts forward an argument for person-centred education, which is a very different thing from the government's current personalisation agenda.Evidence on the current state of public education in England suggests a substantial ambivalence...
Race in Neo-Liberal Times
George Shire looks at the ways in which processes of racialisation have been reworked in the neoliberal era.In this article I want to look at some of the ways in which current ideas about politics and culture - at the local, national and global levels...
Searching for the Left
Faced with a Labour government which is resolutely set on ensconcing itself as a centre right nationalist party, it is time for the left to start making new connections.Compared with its counterparts in Continental Europe, the organised left in Britain...
The Culture of Capitalism
Jonathan Rutherford looks at contemporary changes in the practices and cultures of capitalism.We are living through an age of transition. The new co-exists with the old. We can identify political, economic and cultural elements of this change, but we...
Welfare: Dead, Dying or Just Transubstantiated?
Andrew Cooper argues that welfare as we have previously known it is being dissolved; and coming to terms with the new forms it is taking requires a serious effort of understanding.What has become of the welfare state in Britain? Is the post-war welfare...
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