This is a New Formations Interventions blog, co-published with Soundings.

 

Moment One

He is five years old. He is happy. Technically, he is not five just yet. He is four...

‘I want Britain to be the great meritocracy of the world!’ proclaimed Theresa May at the Conservative Party Conference. Not since Tony Blair has the M-word been wheeled out on the British political stage with such force.  Since becoming Prime Minster in July, May has spun a powerful image of the...

15 November 2016
JOURNAL

On a trip to China a few years ago, something struck me which I’ve kept returning to in the wake of the Brexit vote. In the centre of Beijing’s Forbidden City, China’s most iconic public monument, amongst some large and ancient artefacts, sits a small plaque. In Mandarin and English the plaque...

10 November 2016

Ahead of the England v Scotland game, Mark Perryman responds to FIFA’s Poppies ban

The last time England played Scotland in a competitive match at Hampden Park was also in November, 1999, and it was preceded by none of the manufactured row about...

Mark Perryman revisits 1936 when anti-fascism was the cause, at home and abroad.

 

‘Hurrah for the Blackshirts!’

The notorious Daily Mail...

The Grunwick dispute changed the rules of the game.

It changed the way that the unions thought about race, about their own core values, and about the best way to organise among the new immigrant...

“As a microcosm of what we hope to achieve, look at the Olympics and their Legacy…We have set ourselves the goal of ‘convergence’. The idea is that kids growing up in East London should have the same life chances as anywhere else. There is no reason why the kids of East London should...

28 June 2016
JOURNAL

The question of when neoliberalism would finally encounter its crisis, and what form would this take, has preoccupied the Soundings editors since the financial meltdown of 2008-9. Our series on what we called ‘the conjuncture’, and its development into After Neoliberalism?:The...

As Britain enters the last week of a political campaign that has featured so much fear and hate, in contrast, in Spain, the last week before its general election begins with high hopes for the left coalition Podemos Unidos (an alliance between Podemos and Isquierda Unida, the old Eurocommunist...

15 June 2016

John Urry, who was Professor of Sociology at the University of Lancaster for more than four decades, and one of Britain’s foremost sociologists, died suddenly on March 18, 2016.. His work in many areas - for example on ‘...

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