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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 Compassion
This article considers a theme that emerged from our recent research project: that local people (including ethnic minority British citizens and recent immigrants) tend to distinguish between 'deserving' and 'undeserving', or 'good' and 'bad' migrants....
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...
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 Littler
Jo I first heard the phrase 'the S-word' being used by Nira Yuval-Davis in a Soundings seminar. It was being used to indicate how the S-word, socialism, is often an issue which is there but cannot be said: it's the elephant in the room. (Although it...
'Fit Is the New Rich': Male Embodiment in the Age of Austerity: Investing in the Perfect Body Is Hard Work and Very Little Play
In July 2014, cultural commentator Mark Simpson coined the term 'spomosexual' to signify a new articulation of masculinity that had begun emerging across different locations within contemporary culture. A portmanteau of sportsman and porn star, a spornosexual...
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 of life dissolve and the simple business of existing becomes a matter of uncertainty. This is...
Miracles Can Happen ... Many New Ideas for Social Change Are Emerging on the Ground from within Labour Councils
The 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 to find a new way forward Labour needs to connect the fight against inequality to a passion...
The Art of Politics: Jon Cruddas Talks to Ben Little, Doreen Massey and Michael Rustin
Is 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 Policy Review--what do you think went right with it and what...
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 effect of another term for Cameron on the health service...
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