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Articles from No. 61, Winter

Deserving and Undeserving Migrants
Hostility has the potential to reproduce itself across all groups - but so too does compassionThis article considers a theme that emerged from our recent research project: that local people (including ethnic minority British citizens and recent immigrants)...
Exhilarating Times
Soundings has been arguing for a long time that Labour should 'take a leap', that it should challenge the dominant terms of debate: that, rather than accepting the established political terrain, it should be marking out distinctive territory of its own....
Feminism and 'The S-Word'
A roundtable discussion on socialism and feminism with Mandy Merck, Hilary Wainwright, Nira Yuval- Davis and Deborah Grayson, chaired by Jo LittlerJo I first heard the phrase 'the S-word' being used by Nira Yuval-Davis in a Soundings seminar. It was...
'Fit Is the New Rich': Male Embodiment in the Age of Austerity
Investing in the perfect body is hard work and very little playIn July 2014, cultural commentator Mark Simpson coined the term 'spornosexual' to signify a new articulation of masculinity that had begun emerging across different locations within contemporary...
Frontier Anxiety: Living with the Stress of the Every-Day Border
The extension of border policing into everyday activities is undermining communities across Britain.State borders hold a place in the collective imagination of our times in which anxiety plays a central part. It is at borders that the mundane certainties...
Miracles Can Happen
Many new ideas for social change are emerging on the ground from within Labour CouncilsThe days of binary choices in politics are gone, as is the fiscal basis for the mildly redistributive social democratic policies pursued by New Labour. If we hope...
The Art of Politics
Jon Cruddas talks to Ben Little, Doreen Massey and Michael RustinIs it possible to overcome the tensions between big ideas and electoral contingency?Michael Let's start by going back a little bit and talking about your experience in the Labour Party...
The End of the Social and the Denigration of Democracy?
Wendy Brown, Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism's stealth revolution, Zone Books, MIT Press 2015Michel Foucault, The Birth of Biopolitics: Lectures at the College de France, 1978-9, translated by Graham Burchell, Palgrave MacMillan 2010Neoliberalism's...
The English NHS after the General Election
The most serious threat to the NHS remains under-funding.When forced to choose between saving the nation from the 'marauding Scots' and saving the NHS from the Tories, middle England opted to face down the Jacobite rebellion. Labour's warnings about...
The High Price of Neoliberalism
The high price of neoliberalism Saskia Sassen, Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy, Harvard University Press 2014What do African-Americans evicted from sub-prime homes, Greek migrants scattered across the EU, and the 'green deserts'...
Three Poems from Campaign in Poetry
Rachel Piercey and I decided to make Campaign in Poetry because we wanted to challenge voter apathy and engage with the state of democracy in the UK. The poems we assembled acknowledge the disillusionment felt by many would-be voters contemplating the...
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