Magazine article Soundings

A Farewell from Jonathan Rutherford

Magazine article Soundings

A Farewell from Jonathan Rutherford

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This is my final issue of Soundings as I have stepped down as editor after eight years. I will also be leaving the Soundings editorial board. It has been a tremendous education. When I took over Soundings it had a reputation as an eclectic and open-minded journal willing to explore culture and politics without fear or favour. It was an honour to follow the editorship of Mike Rustin, Doreen Massey and Stuart Hall. They were my intellectual mentors.

The poetry which we published for years always stood as a sign of Soundings' difference from other political journals--a ready willingness to engage in people's experience of life and to pay attention to the emotional resonance of politics and power. We have always been good at engaging with the detail of human life. At the same time we come from a tradition that values theoretical analysis.

In recent years my objective as editor was to take these traditions into the mainstream debates about the future of Labour. …

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