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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.
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.
Marjorie Kelly, Sarah McKinley, Violeta Duncan
Across the United States a growing number of communities are experimenting with innovative ways to create a more equal, democratic, and community based economy from the ground up.
Martin O'Neill, Matthew Brown
Martin O’Neill speaks to Councillor Matthew Brown about Community Wealth-Building and Alternative Economic Strategies in Preston.
This special issue explores some of the ways in which austerity can be construed as capturing, shaping, and (dis)organising the future. It addresses the futures that austerity has begun to assign to certain subjects and to embed in the societies they live in.
Rebecca Bramall, Jeremy Gilbert, James Meadway
This is the edited transcript of a conversation between Rebecca Bramall, editor of this special issue, Jeremy Gilbert, editor of New Formations, and James Meadway, who at the time was chief economist of the New Economics Foundation and is currently advising shadow chancellor the exchequer John McDonnell in a consultancy capacity.
Reviews by David Glover, Sarah L. Webb, Richard Eldridge, Ben Highmore and Joseph Darlington
Chantal Mouffe, Inigo Errejon
Normally £10.00 This book is ON SALE as part of our Autumn Reading: Antifascistas promotion 'A compelling book ... this is an invaluable resource for those of us determined to build a different society.' Owen Jones 'This incisive and compelling analysis of the current historical conjunction is a must read for theorists, activists and anyone interested in contemporary struggles.' Marina Prentoulis, Senior Lecturer in Media and Politics, University of East Anglia Íñigo Errejón, Political Secretary of Podemos, discusses with political theorist Chantal Mouffe the political strategy that underpinned the development of Podemos in Spain, and explores the possibilities for a new left politics that might emerge out of these developments.