Soundings

Articles from No. 60, Summer

A Magna Carta for All Humanity: Homing in on Human Rights
The defence of human rights is a crucial part of contemporary politics'The UK's Human Rights Act has become a political football'. Behind this lament - one that is voiced by people of all political persuasions, including both supporters and critics of...
Dickensian Blocks: East London's Contemporary Housing Landscape
Charles Dickens would recognise many familiar features in twenty-first-century East LondonIn 1969, Charles Dickens House, a twenty-two-storey tower block on the Mansford Estate in Bethnal Green, stood at the pinnacle of both high-rise living and utopian...
Disaffected Consent: That Post-Democratic Feeling
Can we turn dissatisfaction into resistance?This essay constitutes an attempt to develop the concept of 'disaffected consent' that I first formulated in reflecting on the complex attitude to neoliberal hegemony which seemed to have typified Western European...
European Alternatives
A roundtable discussion with Marina Prentoulis, Sirio Canos and Simon Dubbins, introduced by Doreen MasseyDoreen Massey: introductionThe first aim of this discussion is to think about what kind of a moment this is. When we began the Soundings manifesto,...
Localism and Austerity: A Gender Perspective
A politics of redistribution and recognition is needed if women's voluntary organisations are to surviveWomen were disproportionately affected by Coalition government cuts across all forms of state provision, and yet more cuts can be expected from the...
Radical Remedies?
Radical remedies? Ali Brumfitt Andrew Fisher, The Failed Experiment: And How to Build an Economy That Works, Comerford and Miller 2014Andrew Bowman, Julie Froud, Sukhdev Joha, John Law, Adam Leaver, Michael Moran and Karel Williams, The End of The Experiment:...
The 1984-5 Miners' Strike and the Spirit of Solidarity
In spite of the defeat, the solidarity of 1984-5 remains inspirationalThe thirtieth anniversary of the 1984-5 British miners' strike against pit closures has seen a number of attempts to engage with the legacy of the dispute. The prominence given to...
The Centre Will Not Hold: Changing Principles of Political Hope
To avoid pessimism we need to look in the right places for hopeHow is it possible to live in a society whose dominant values you abhor, but which invade your everyday life and even your dreams? How is possible to thrive under these conditions without...
The Knowledge Market
The higher education sector has been turned into a marketThe neoliberal transformation of the UK higher education sector is a process that has been going on for more than two decades. During this period of transformation universities have become increasingly...
The Tasks Ahead
For most of us the election result was a shock, but in some ways it didn't substantially change the nature of the tasks we face. We still need to find new ways of battling against an environmentally destructive and aggressively unequal capitalism - and...
Three Poems from Palestine
The poems that follow are from A Bird is not a Stone: an anthology of contemporary Palestinian poetry, edited by Henry Bell and Sarah Irving, and published by Freight Books in 2014. The anthology has been translated by twenty-nine of Scotland's best...
Understanding the Bolivarian Revolution
Understanding the Bolivarian revolution Thomas Muhr Luis Fernando Angosto-Ferrández (editor), Democracy, Revolution, and Geopolitics in Latin America, Routledge 2014This outstanding volume is a critical contribution to the ongoing struggle about how...
Voluntary Action, the State and the Market
Government policy is inflicting serious damage on the voluntary sectorVoluntary action occupies a space within civil society that is distinct from both the state and the private sector - a space in which citizens come together freely to exercise self-determining...
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