“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
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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 ‘...

Whatever the outcome of the referendum, it looks like Labour will have lost. While we can hope that over the remaining days of the campaign, a new head of steam builds and the national conversation shifts from a discussion of which Tory faction will be ascendant on June 24 to how we can build...

Essentially, five different elections were held in the United Kingdom on 5 May. One was for the Mayor of London and the London Assembly, and for Mayors in Bristol, Liverpool and Salford. Three were for the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies. The fifth was for many local councils in...

Rebecca Bramall is the Guest Editor of New Formations 87: Austerity

Across the park, at the southern end of the road where I live in south-east London, Barratt Developments PLC are building 588 flats on...

A useful input into the current debate on the EU referendum might be to consider what Britain could contribute to Europe if it was more fully engaged in its policy-making. This might include an alternative view of leadership to the current German one, and a much more...

Five years of stringent austerity politics culminating in the Greek debacle last summer have spread growing despair across the left about the present direction of the European Union. The inability to respond collectively and in a humanitarian fashion to the mounting refugee crisis during 2015...

15 March 2016
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As the current issue of Soundings was going to press, we received the terrible news that Doreen Massey, our great friend and fellow editor had died, on 11 March. It was a devastating shock to us all. We could not have imagined, even for...

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