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Advocates of Corbynomics will need to decide on the place of decentralisation and democratisation within their overall vision of economic transformation.

The fall of Theresa May has ushered in a new phase in the UK’s never-ending Brexit crisis. Energy is once again behind a hard-Brexit right led by Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson.

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Elizabeth Anderson, Daniel Chandler

Autumn 2019

Elizabeth Anderson interviewed by Daniel Chandler.

Neoliberal globalisation is in crisis – but it’s an illusion to believe that we can turn back the clock on forty years of international economic integration. The left urgently needs to discover the ideas and agency necessary to resist the disaster capitalists of the right, and build a progressive reglobalisation.

Kirsten Forkert and Sally Davison introduce this special issue of Soundings.

The slogan ‘take back control’ can be seen as an expression of protest at the hollowing out of democracy. The Brexit referendum has caused many problems, but it has also opened up the possibility for a sense of re-empowerment - the renewed possibility for discussion of ‘substantive politics’.

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David Featherstone, Lazaros Karaliotas

Summer 2019

Populism refers to forms of politics that put ‘the people’ at their centre, but the way ‘the people’ is understood varies widely. Questions of left populism have gained significant traction and engagement in the last decade - and this is a key focus of this article.

A discussion of the recent gilets jaunes revolt in France, reflecting on the dynamics of contemporary populist social movements.

Imagine being in the midst of a political mass rally, the first in many years, right in the centre of your home country’s capital. Imagine people from all walks of life with their banners, slogans and demands, asking for a little bit more life and dignity not only for themselves but for the whole of society.

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Antje Scharenberg, Nick Beech, Simon Peplow

Summer 2019

Antje Scharenberg reviews Lorenzo Marsili and Niccolò Milanese, Citizens of Nowhere - How Europe Can Be Saved from Itself, Zed 2018 Johny Pitts, Afropean - Notes from Black Europe, Allen Lane 2019 Nick Beech reviews Stuart Hall and Paddy Whannel, The Popular Arts, with an introduction by Richard Dyer, Duke University Press, Durham NC and London 2018 Simon Peplow reviews Shirin Hirsch, In the Shadow of Enoch Powell: Race, Locality and Resistance, Manchester University Press

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Antje Scharenberg, Nick Beech, Simon Peplow, John Clarke

Summer 2019

Antje Scharenberg reviews Lorenzo Marsili and Niccolò Milanese, Citizens of Nowhere - How Europe Can Be Saved from Itself, Zed 2018 and Johny Pitts, Afropean - Notes from Black Europe, Allen Lane 2019 Nick Beech reviews Stuart Hall and Paddy Whannel, The Popular Arts, with an introduction by Richard Dyer, Duke University Press, Durham NC and London 2018 Simon Peplow reviews Shirin Hirsch, In the Shadow of Enoch Powell: Race, Locality and Resistance, Manchester University Press John Clarke reviews Kristóf Szombati, The Revolt of the Provinces: Anti-Gypsyism and Right-Wing Politics in Hungary, Berghahn Books, 2018

Jeremy Gilbert introduces issue 96-97 of New Formations.

Inspired by Hall et al.’s Policing the Crisis (1978), the authors provide a conjunctural analysis of present-day Germany. It is based on a periodisation of Merkelism – the dominant political mode of managing the economic, political and cultural crisis tendencies in the country from the mid-2000s onwards.

This article draws on Donald Winnicott’s understanding of human dependence and Ken Loach’s film I, Daniel Blake (2015) to open up a new space between ‘psychoanalysis’ and ‘politics’.

This essay is a study of the notion of representation – its relation to difference, politics, diaspora, otherness, truth, and doxa – within Stuart Hall’s work.

Alan Finlayson reviews Stuart Hall, Selected political writings – The Great Moving Right Show and other essays, edited by Sally Davison, David Featherstone and Bill Schwarz, London, Lawrence and Wishart, 2017.

David Glover reviews Stuart Hall, The Fateful Triangle: Race, Ethnicity, Nation, Kobena Mercer (ed), Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Foreword), Cambridge MA and London, Harvard University Press, 2017.

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This book examines how Western photographic practice has been used as a tool for creating Eurocentric and violent visual regimes, and demands that we recognise and disrupt the ingrained racist ideologies that have tainted photography since its inception in 1839. Preview chapter available. To read 'Violence of the Image' click Download Free Chapter. 

The Marchen/Fairy Tale films produced by the state DEFA studio in East Berlin have proved to be among the DDR’s most enduring cultural achievements. This article examines at the ways in which the works of the Brothers Grimm were brought within an explicitly socialist pedagogy and how official Marxism attempt to comprehend and refashion folk and fairy tales.

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Willie Thompson, Marzia Maccaferri, Gavin Bowd, Stephen Gundle, Geoff Andrews, Francis King, Tanja R. Muller, George Odysseos

Spring 2019

Richard J Evans, Eric Hobsbawm: a Life in History | Chris Holmsted Larsen, Den folkekære stalinist: En biografi om Carl Madsen | Massimo Asta, Girolamo Li Causi, Un rivoluzionario del Novecento | Katherine Verdery, My Life as a Spy. Investigations in a Police File | Balazs Apor, The Invisible Shining: The Cult of Matyas Rakosi in Stalinist Hungary | Russell Campbell, Codename Intelligentsia: the Life and Times of the Honourable Ivor Montagu, Filmmaker, Communist, Spy | Geoffrey Swain, A Short History of the Russian Revolution | Kristen Ghodsee, Second World, Second Sex. Socialist Women’s Activism and Global Solidarity during the Cold War | Jeremy Friedman, Shadow Cold War: The Sino-Soviet Competition for the Third World

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