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This article seeks to theorise boredom in the wake of the new technological modes of capture and commodification that have emerged in a digital network culture, by focusing on the popular ‘What to do When You’re Bored’ sub-genre of YouTube video tutorials that are addressed largely to female teenage audiences.
Zara Dinnen, Sam McBean
Zara Dinnen and Sam McBean contribute to thinking about the emergence of the face in digital culture.
Bill Schwarrz on the financialisation of the universities.
Sylvia Walby makes the case for inclusive economic growth.
David Edgar considers the contemporary legacy of the movements of 1968.
Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, James Stafford
With the left in a strengthened position and the Labour party enjoying something of an internal truce, this issue takes the opportunity to investigate the normative foundations for a twenty-first century social democracy.
The automation revolution demands an active state: one that promotes investment in new technologies while securing good jobs for all workers.
Nick Srnicek, Lise Butler
Nick Srnicek in conversation with Lise Butler
What is the story of the economy in Britain? Who gets to shape public opinion about what it’s for, how it’s broken and how it can be fixed? And how can progressive forces tell a new story to help accelerate the shift to a new economic system?
There is a growing recognition that decentralisation and localism should play a key role in a future Labour manifesto. Where should Labour look for lessons about effective localism? The party’s own past provides valuable lessons about how to forge a progressive localism.
Peter Lee offers an example of Labour politics rooted in a local community and founded on finding practical solutions to local problems. To follow his example today, Labour needs to work to localise power, build an industrial strategy based on the needs of the everyday economy and democratise the way our economy works.
Wendy Brown, Jo Littler
Wendy Brown discusses Trump and ‘libertarian authoritarianism’; #Metoo and neoliberal feminism; and political theory and cultural studies. She argues that, in the contemporary moment, we need ‘grit, responsibility and determination instead of hope’.
Scotland’s oil should be left under the seabed.
A selection of poems from the first in a new biannual series of anthologies, Koestler Voices: New Poetry from Prisons from prison arts charity the Koestler Trust.
Roshi Naidoo reviews Alexandra Stein, Terror, Love and Brainwashing: Attachment in cults and totalitarian systems, Routledge 2017
Sylvia Walby explores what economic growth for people would look like.