Soundings

Articles from No. 66, Summer

Another Europe in the Making
Daphne Bullesbach, Marta Cillero and Lukas Stolz (eds), Shifting Baselines of Europe: New Perspectives beyond Neoliberalism and Nationalism, Transcript 2017 'The house of Europe', wrote Ulrich Beck in 2013, 'is empty of people'. The European project...
Are Real Changes Now Possible: Where Next for Corbyn and Labour? How Do We Build on the Hopes Raised in the June Election?
Jeremy Corbyn's election campaign, and its outcome, is without doubt the most positive development that has taken place in British politics for more than twenty-five years--since Tony Blair became leader of the Labour Party. The reason for this is...
Confidence Man: Breaking the Spell of Trump the Brand
In the days following Donald Trump's election, I found myself sporadically weeping. I teared up while speaking in front of a room full of students. I wept at the grocery store and at the doctor's office. My emotional reaction seemed extreme. But then...
Editorial
The demarcation of different eras helps us to think about politics historically, but the periodisations we make, particularly within recent history, are always provisional. It took a while to recognise that we were living through the period of neoliberalism--at...
Election 2017: Beginning to See the Light?
We invited a range of contributors to reflect on the results of the June 2017 election, to think about what the results mean for the future of the country, and what we might do to consolidate and develop the gains they represent. Contributors ...
Feminism for the 99%: Towards a Populist Feminism? Can Feminism for the 99% Succeed as a New Kind of Populism?
As they seek to find a place in and/or confront the contemporary populist Zeitgeist, feminists supporting intersectional justice-claims face very real, destabilising and contradictory challenges. Intersectional feminists recognise race, class, gender,...
Finding Uncommon Ground: Working-Class Identity Politics after Labourism
Don't talk to me of fucking representing the class yer were born into any more. Yer going to get 'urt and start resenting it's not poetry we need in this class war. Yer've given yerself toffee, cunt. Who needs yer fucking poufy words. Ah write...
Generation: The Politics of Patriarchy and Social Change
Editors' introduction In this first instalment of our Soundings series on critical terms, we look at the idea of 'generation', a term which has become highly prevalent within political discourse since the financial crisis. (1) As with all the concepts...
The Alt-Right: Reactionary Rehabilitation for White Masculinity: US Alt-Right Extremism Is a Logical Consequence of Mainstream Neo-Conservatism
After the 2016 presidential election, as the US media scrambled for ways to understand the sources of Trump's support, there was a dramatic proliferation on news sites of profiles of figures from the alt-right such as Milo Yiannopolous and Richard...
The Representational Burden: Nikesh Shukla (Ed), the Good Immigrant, Unbound 2016
The Good Immigrant is an edited collection of short stories, personal reflections and commentaries on identity and identity politics in the United Kingdom, bringing together the voices of black, Asian and minority authors. For these writers of colour,...
Three Poems Inspired by David Bowie
Sometime around the summer of 2013, Alex Bell and John Canfield were in a pub in Lambeth with their poetry workshop group, listening to someone's jukebox picks, and talking about David Bowie. Bowie was already in the news that year: the V&A Museum's...
Trump and Latin America: Continuity and Change: Trump's Chaotic Foreign Policy Signals More Difficulties for the Left in Latin America
The election of Donald Trump to the US presidency came as a shock to progressive governments and social movements south of the Rio Grande, particularly as it took place in the wake of a number of successes by conservative forces in the region, and...
Trumpocalypse Now: Trump Has No Interest in Reviving Manufacturing, but There Is an Alternative
Pity the liberals, so incapable of comprehending the meaning of Trump that they can't even get their memes right. One that made the rounds in the aftershock of Trump's election was a still from The Road, the 2009 film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's...
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