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Articles from No. 55, Winter

A Continuing Conversation
A continuing conversation Stuart Hall, Chas Critcher, Tony Jefferson, John Clarke and Brian Roberts, Policing the crisis - mugging, the state, law and order (2nd edition) ISBN 9781 137007 186, £29.99 (paperback)Policing the Crisis - Mugging, the State,...
After the Burn: TED in Long Beach
How TED commodifies knowledge and closes down debateThe city of Long Beach is a diverse, if not divided, community in the South Bay area of Los Angles County in Southern California. It entered the twentieth century as a seaside resort, but the expansion...
An Economic Policy for a Post-Neoliberal World
Britain's basic economic problem is its lack of competitive productive capacity, not its deficit.It is surely now clear that the economic policies on which George Osborne has pinned his faith have failed. Despite the acclaim with which even the slightest...
Austerity Parenting
Narratives of austerity are central to an agenda that seeks to link poverty to fecklessness.Since the financial crash, fiscal discipline has been positioned as the 'solution' to the current crisis of capitalism: the correct response to a precarious future...
Beyond the Philosophy Department
Beyond the philosophy department M. O'Neill and T. Williamson (eds), Property-Owning Democracy: Rawls and Beyond, Wiley-Blackwell 2012In the penultimate scene of The Village at the End of the World, Sarah Gavron's surprisingly upbeat film about life...
Black Internationalism, Anti-Fascism and the Makings of Solidarity
Global capital has never gone unchallenged - as history shows.At the port of North Shields in August 1935 Sierra Leonean crew members of the SS Holmea, a steamer belonging to the United Africa Company, made a protest against the Italian threat to invade...
Common-Sense Neoliberalism
The battle over common sense is a central part of our political life.And let this be our message - common sense for the common good.David Cameron, 24.4.11When politicians try to win consent or mobilise support for their policies, they frequently assert...
Enfield: New Directions with Big Business
More tales from the frontline of regenerationWhen captains try to reverse a big oil tanker in a narrow channel, ordering the manoeuvre is not enough: sailors must be trained and willing to carry out all the intermediate steps that will make this happen....
Gender and Politics in the Devolved Assemblies
Is a new, more woman-friendly, politics developing in the devolved institutions?Women's under-representation in political institutions continues to be a problem that does not diminish significantly over time. Some gains have been made within Britain...
May Day to Kilburn
May Day to Kilburn Raymond Williams (ed), May Day Manifesto, Penguin 1968A pleasantly surprising thing about the May Day Manifesto is that it's a joy to read. It suffers from none of the maladies associated with left-wing manifestos and declarations....
Parties, Causes and Political Power
Political parties are losing popular legitimacy, while campaigning groups are increasingly under fire: what does this mean for political power?By the time the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill was published...
Social Mobility: The Politics, the Reality, the Alternative
For the right social mobility offers an individual solution to the problem of inequality.So much attention has recently been focused on social mobility that one could be forgiven for thinking that it is a key measure of a good society. The reality is...
The Piratical Is Political
Why we should all pay attention to debates about piracyIn early 2012 there was a wave of protests in the USA against the proposed introduction of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). These ranged from petitions and rallies...
Three Nature Poems
Contemporary poetry is increasingly a site where the brutality of neoliberal politics is being contested. The three poems below illustrate the ways in which the culture-nature relationship is being rewritten. Nature in these poems is not separate from...
Values as Commodities
This issue opens with another instalment from our continuing online Manifesto, this time Stuart Hall and Alan O'Shea on the political role played by an appeal to 'common sense'. The idea that we all share common-sense values, and that specific proposals...
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