Soundings

Articles from No. 58, Winter

A State for the Commons: Neoliberalism through the Lens of Advice Work
An ever-narrowing definition of 'ordinariness' is excluding people from an ever-widening range of rights.The courts should be a public service to which ordinary people of ordinary means can have access on those rare occasions when he or she needs it.Former...
Community Number Capture
How do you measure environmental change?"There's this really poisonous relationship at times', sighed a volunteer. One of the paid staff tried to explain: 'It just feels like what we all loved doing has become our job and it carries all that job stuff...
Editorial
T his issue opens with three articles on feminism, generation and the need for dialogue. Alison Winch explores the possibilities for fruitful exchange between different generations of feminists, pointing out that disagreement is itself often productive...
Ernesto Laclau (1935-2014): An Appreciation
I first met Ernesto in the spring of 1976, when we invited him to give two presentations at the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA) in the University of Amsterdam. The first was an analysis of the political structure of Argentina...
Feminism, Generation and Intersectionality
Generational differences within feminism are also opportunities for dialogue."What can we do about white feminists claiming black feminists' work % /% / as their own?' Why are you hung up on women and their wombs - T T it's so heteronormative!' These...
Labour and the Battle of Ideas
What do the Policy Review documents tell us about current Labour Party thinking?Writing in July 2014, Steve Richards noted that David Cameron's party and ideological upbringing made him ill-equipped to win the new battle of ideas, as a result of which...
Poppies, Tommies and Remembrance
Commemoration is always contested.The centenary of the outbreak of the first world war was greeted with significant economic, social and political investment in Britain, at both a local and national level, and from a diverse range of groups. The BBC...
Resilience Is Futile
The cultivation of resilience is not an answer to austerity and poverty.Lately resilience has become the answer to everything. The ability to withstand and adapt to stress, once a subject chiefly of interest to health professionals, is now a catch-all...
Rethinking the Neoliberal World Order
How neoliberalism disorganises the world.Earlier instalments of the Kilburn Manifesto have focused on the impacts of neoliberalism on British society, and on how we might begin to conceive of feasible alternatives to that regime. But in thinking about...
Smokestack Books
Middlesbrough-based Smokestack Books has published over 80 titles in the last ten years, including books by Ian Duhig, Katrina Porteous, Ian McMillan, Kate Fox, Sebastian Barker, Gerda Stevenson and Peter Blackman. Smokestack's international list includes...
Still Living with Sexism (after All These Years)
How neoliberalism operates at the intersections of sexism and ageismI am a member of the baby boom - that giant goitre in the population of those born between 1946 and 1964 - possibly the most reviled generation ever, at least in the United States. Chided...
The Fortunes of Socialist Feminism
Jo Littler interviews Nancy FraserYour new book Fortunes of Feminism - a selection of writing you've produced over the past thirty years - includes the 1994 essay 'After the Family Wage', in which you argued that neither the 'universal breadwinner' model...
Three Poems
Born 5/11/26Redder every daythe leaves of the pear trees.Tell me what is bleeding.Not summerfor summer leftearly.Not the villagefor the village though drunk on its roadhas not fallen.Not my heartfor my heart bleeds no morethan the arnica flower.Nobody...
Whose Time Is It Anyway?
How private companies profit from our free timeThere is an unexpected link between the ethereal world of free goods in the form of internet services and the people-based world of contractedout and privatised services. The link is that both dispense with...
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