Soundings

Articles from No. 52, Winter

Continuity through Change: North Korea's Second Succession
New leadership in a number of key countries offers a window of opportunity for North Koreans.After the death of Kim Jong II in December 2011, North Korea was called on to orchestrate only the second leadership transition in its sixty-five year history....
Contributory Welfare
Could the concept of contributions-based welfare help re-galvanise support for the system?Since the last election one of the explanations offered for Labours defeat has been that the party lost touch with the public on welfare. This case is often made...
Editorial
Feminism was one of the most successful movements of the twentieth century, and the changes that have been achieved in women's lives over the last forty years have been massive. Feminism's cultural and social effects are seen everywhere, every day. But,...
Feminism and Democratic Renewal
What are the lessons we can learn from the history of feminism over the last forty years?It is often said that the aspirations and opportunities available to women have increased dramatically over the past century. Once excluded from university, educational...
Healthy Ageing, Unhealthy Politics
How can we redesign funding and services to keep up with demographic change?Hardly a week goes by without one or other section of the media presenting us with bad news about older people and the National Health Service. The stories are about chemical...
Must the Ex-Industrial Regions Fail?
Central government is part of the problem not the solution for the regions, so it is time for new regional and local guerrilla strategies.The financial crisis has thrown many inequalities into sharp relief, and one of the issues it has highlighted is...
Not Loving the Alien
Not Loving the Alien Ash Amin, Land oj Strangers, Polity Press 2012The old adage of not judging a book by its cover, or its title, is particularly apposite for Ash Amin's Land of Strangers. The blurry, black and white picture of faceless people in the...
Reflections on the 'Living Wage'
The living wage has clarity as a campaign call - but complexity as a concept.In 2009, Jane Wills, writing in Soundings, examined the campaign for a 'living wage' in Britain, comparing this with earlier incarnations of the same idea.1 The contemporary...
Tales from the Frontline of Regeneration
How the London Borough of Enfield is changing the rules of the game.One of the main policy priorities for the Labour administration that has been running the London Borough of Enfield since May 2010 has been to determine ways in which a local authority...
The Contributory Welfare Debate
We need a clear understanding of which parts of the welfare state should be contributory, and the context in which any contributory system will operate.While Graeme Cooke's article in this issue offers a useful taxonomy of the current debate around contributory...
The Double Crisis of Governability and Governmentality
Potential political responses to living in a risky global environment.Recent election results across Europe have seen growing disenchantment with incumbent governments, which have been perceived as being unable or unwilling to deal with the financial...
The Girlfriend Gaze
Women's friendship and intimacy circles are increasingly taking on the function of mutual self-policing.Popular culture marketed to women has always positioned the female body as an object of scrutiny and anxiety, offering consumers the aspirational...
Toxic Medicine
Toxic medicine Eyal Weizman, The Least of All Possible Evils: Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza, Verso 2011A complex equation (Q=l-[q In q + 1/q In 1/q) adorns the first page of Eyal Weizman's The Least of All Possible Evils, partially obscured...
We Need to Talk: How to Renew the State
We need to recognise that every state action always takes place within a concrete, particular and local situation.The other day I looked the force of the state in the eye. I was stopped by a police officer for cycling through a red light. I'd cycled...
What Is British National Identity and How Do We Get It?
Is it still possible to speak of a British identity?Over the past few years there has been a remarkable revival of interest in the subject of British national identity. New Labour came to it eventually, but when they did, Gordon Brown talked in platitudes...
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