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Articles from No. 63, Summer

Black Lives on Campuses Matter: The Rise of the New Black Student Movement: With the Growth of #BlackLivesMatter, the Widespread Racism in US Universities Is Once More Being Challenged
'Black Lives Matter' as a hashtag call-to-arms and social movement came into being at a moment when a particular set of intersecting shifts in politics, technology and the economy combined to produce a renewed focus on societal violences that target...
Confiscating the Nationalist Halo
Gerry Hassan, Independence of the Scottish Mind: Elite Narratives, Public Spaces and the Making of a Modern Nation, Palgrave Macmillan 2014 The feverish upheaval of Scottish politics that has been unfolding since the independence referendum has...
Contested Spaces of Hegemony: Left Alliances after the Crisis: Is It Possible to Construct Alliances in the New Landscape of the Left?
In what none of us could have anticipated would have been her last editorial in Soundings, in November 2015, Doreen Massey offered her reflections on austerity and the current conjuncture, arguing that although times may have been hard for the left...
Doreen Massey (1944-2016): An Appreciation
Readers of Soundings will probably know Doreen Massey best as one of its founding editors, for her articles and editorials in the journal and for her editorship (with Stuart Hall and Mike Rustin) of the Kilburn Manifesto. As well as this, Doreen also...
From the EU to Latin America: Left Populism and Regional Integration: Must Regional Integration Be Based on Neoliberal Competition?
The EU's inability to deal with the challenges of the global financial crisis of 2008 and the refugee crisis of 2015-6, together with the (not unrelated) emergence of divisive right-wing nationalisms across the Union, has called into question the very...
Labour and Cultural Change: A Renewed Cultural Strategy Will Help Labour Thinking on Both Organisation and Ideas
In the 2015 Labour Party leadership elections, a number of candidates, from the right and left, raised the notion of building Labour as a strong social movement, implicitly acknowledging the need to reach beyond the standard functions of an election-focused...
On the Borders of Solidarity: Ethics, Power and Immigration Controls: An Ethical Perspective on Migration
The debate about immigration in political and media discourse is dominated by issues of economics and culture. The key economic questions are: How much do immigrants pay in taxes compared with what they claim in benefits? What is their impact on wages...
Performing the National
Raka Shome, Diana and Beyond: White Femininity, National Identity, and Contemporary Media Culture, University of Illinois Press 2014 Diana and Beyond examines the intersection of cultures of white femininity and discourses of nationhood in late...
Scotland and Alternatives to Neoliberalism: Roundtable Discussion with Neil Davidson, Satnam Virdee, Jenny Morrison and Gerry Mooney
Dave Featherstone and Lazaros Karaliotas: introduction We asked the contributors to this discussion to look at the ways in which class, race and gender interact with, or are overlooked by, nationalist politics, as part of a wider engagement with...
Spaces of Resistance
We went to press the day after the referendum, which gave us little time for thinking about a response. This will be something we address in the next issue. In the mean time we hope that some of the articles in this issue offer ideas that can help...
The Asian Youth Movements: Racism and Resistance: The History of the AYMs Has Many Useful Lessons to Offer Today
For many today there is disillusionment and a lack of belief in the possibility of progressive change. But the Asian Youth Movements (AYMs) that emerged thirty years ago provide us with an example of the power of independent organisation and the possibility...
The Neoliberal University and Its Alternatives: The Second of a New Series of Articles, Soundings Futures, Which Sets out to Develop Programmatic Alternatives to the System of Neoliberalism
The concept of a 'neoliberal' university itself implies that there are, or have been, universities of other kinds. But what other kinds? This article will ask if we can situate the 'neoliberal' university in a theoretical and historical context which...
Three Poems from Futures: Poetry of the Greek Crisis
The poems in this collection (published by Penned in the Margins in 2015), even when speaking in a more personal tone and alluding to the crisis in an oblique fashion, tell a story which exceeds their original scope: the dense, cramped, often violent...
Wales, the Corbyn Surge, and the Direction of the Democratic Left: A Roundtable Discussion with Gideon Calder, David Marquand, Leanne Wood and Neal Lawson
Introduction The morning after Sadiq Khan's election as Mayor of London in May 2016 it was hailed by one journalist as Labour's 'first victory in a major election since 2005'. Though the post has since been deleted, it was a revealing comment. In...
What Would Rosa Do? Co-Operatives and Radical Politics: What Can Co-Ops Contribute to the Left and Left Debates?
Rosa Luxemburg was not a fan of co-operatives. Neither did she think of trade union politics as a particularly useful means of radical change. She felt that co-ops, as a 'hybrid form in the midst of capitalism', were bound to eventually succumb to...
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