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This paper explores various instances of Ceauşescu’s memorialization as reflected in contemporary art and living memorials inked on the skin (nostalgia tattoos).

The paper examines the phenomenon of yugonostalgia in Serbia. Nostalgia for life in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia throughout the ex-Yugoslav region has been acknowledged by scholars, but not thoroughly investigated, with most of the research focusing on publicly displayed narratives, such as those in film, books and other media.

One could argue that nostalgia was stamped into the identity of the post-war Parti Communiste Français (PCF) from the moment the provisional government-in-waiting stepped into the political vacuum after the collapse of the Vichy government in the summer of 1944.

Enrico Berlinguer, the former leader of the PCI (Partito comunista italiano - Italian Communist Party), who died in 1984, became the object of popular nostalgia in post-Berlin wall Italy. The paper accounts for the political, historiographical, and even psychological factors behind this nostalgia. The article also highlights how journalists and politicians, both right and left, have used (and abused) Berlinguer's thought and ideas, making him either a symbol of the morality that is today lacking in Italian politics (the right-wing perspective), or a prophet of the struggle against a broken financial system (the left-wing perspective).

One of the most surprising things about the success of the Leave campaign is that so many are surprised by it. Could we really have expected any other result – after forty years of misrepresentation of the EU by politicians and media alike, and in the midst of a calculated intensification of hostility towards immigrants?

Economic trust is key to election victories in Britain. But what does it mean, and how can Labour win it back?

Opening up leader selection to non-member supporters is a growing trend among political parties. Qualitative research on Labour’s new grassroots suggests that efforts to convert a larger selectorate into an organised activist base need to appreciate the full range of motivations for partisan commitment.

Lewis Minkin’s research into New Labour’s party management offers indispensable lessons for those concerned with the party’s current managerial problems, showing the limits to the ‘Blair supremacy’ and its long-term effects in alienating some party members.

For six years the Conservatives have been waging a covert war against institutions and organisations capable of holding the government to account, masked by rhetoric lauding their efforts to restrain lobbyists. In the process, they are undermining the very basis for social democratic politics.

Neoliberal Culture, New Formations, Lawrence & Wishart

What kind of thing is ‘neoliberalism’? This collection of essays explores a range of answers to this question, arguing that neoliberalism is a complex, but specifiable and analysable phenomenon and examining the different ways it is manifested in contemporary culture. Free chapter: the free chapter from Neoliberal Culture is 'Meritocracy as Plutocracy: The Marketising of 'Equality' Under Neoliberalism', an essay by Jo Littler, and is available to download below.

This paper explores avenues for resistance to precarious and exploited labour in the cultural sector. It investigates the potential of worker co-operatives to help improve working conditions and radically reimagine cultural work.

Sociable curiosity - wondering and finding out about others (empathetic curiosity), and being curious with them (relational curiosity) - can draw people together, bridging differences and social distances.

We went to press the day after the referendum, which gave us little time for thinking about a response. This will be something we address in the next issue. In the mean time we hope that some of the articles in this issue offer ideas that can help us in the difficult days ahead.

A tribute to the work of geographer Doreen Massey, looking at her academic and political wrork, which were inextricably linked.

With the growth of #BlackLivesMatter, the widespread racism in US universities is once more being challenged.

The second of a new series of articles, Soundings Futures, which sets out to develop programmatic alternatives to the system of neoliberalism.

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Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, James Stafford

Summer 2016

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