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 the Act--lies the assumption that human rights thrive outside of politics,...
Dickensian Blocks: East London's Contemporary Housing Landscape: Charles Dickens Would Recognise Many Familiar Features in Twenty-First-Century East London
In 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 council housing. Its subsequent fate is emblematic of the precipitous decline of investment...
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 publics both before and after the...
European Alternatives
A roundtable discussion with Marina Prentoulis, Sirio Canos and Simon Dubbins, introduced by Doreen Massey Doreen Massey: introduction The first aim of this discussion is to think about what kind of a moment this is. When we began the Soundings...
Localism and Austerity: A Gender Perspective: A Politics of Redistribution and Recognition Is Needed If Women's Voluntary Organisations Are to Survive
Women were disproportionately affected by Coalition government cuts across all forms of state provision, and yet more cuts can be expected from the new government. This article looks at the impact of the combined effect of the cuts and the localism...
The 1984-5 Miners' Strike and the Spirit of Solidarity: In Spite of the Defeat, the Solidarity of 1984-5 Remains Inspirational
The 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 London Lesbians and Gay Men Support the Miners (LGSM), whose story had...
The Centre Will Not Hold: Changing Principles of Political Hope: To Avoid Pessimism We Need to Look in the Right Places for Hope
How 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 retreating into some kind of private world, or an escapist subculture...
The Knowledge Market: The Higher Education Sector Has Been Turned into a Market
The 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 competitive and corporatised, as systematic year-on-year...
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...
Voluntary Action, the State and the Market: Government Policy Is Inflicting Serious Damage on the Voluntary Sector
Voluntary 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 collective action. Voluntary groups do not have to exist....
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