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This online book is a continuation of Lawrence Grossberg’s analysis of the changing popular and political cultures – and the increasingly conservative and intensely capitalist vectors of change – of the United States during the last fifty years.

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David Featherstone, Deborah Grayson, Ben Little

Spring 2014

If the election on 7 May allows David Cameron to continue as prime minister it will be a disaster for the UK, but especially for the poorest and most vulnerable in society. Moreover it will sink any medium-term prospect of transition to a just and sustainable economy.

This article analyses the May 2015 UK general election from the perspective of conjunctural analysis – which seeks to understand how the deep structural movements in economy, society and culture are articulated together to shape any given political settlement.

Neither main party has a path to a stable parliamentary majority.

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Bridgit Phillipson MP, Paul Gilfillan

Spring / Summer 2015

North East Combined Authority’s resolution in favour of re-regulation of local bus services offers a better deal for passengers and taxpayers. The consequences could have significant implications for the future of public services.

Since her election as MP for Wigan in 2010, Lisa Nandy has become a prominent advocate for an emerging strain of pluralist, communitarian Labour politics. James Stafford met Nandy at Westminster at the start of the year, to discuss Labour’s developing agenda and prospects for government in 2015.

Political parties are, it goes without saying, formed out of agreement between members. But to be really successful the extent and intensity of that agreement has to be just right. Too much and a party will have limited appeal; it will be cult-like, brittle and prone to splitting. Too little and a party will attract self-promoting people and pet causes, making things fractious and difficult to manage.

This forty-seventh issue of Socialist History is the first with our new publisher, Lawrence and Wishart. An occasion like this is a good opportunity to look back at the history of this journal’s parent organisation, the Socialist History Society, and of its more famous predecessor, the Communist Party Historians’ (later: History) Group (CPHG).

This issue of Twentieth Century Communism marks a change from earlier ones: it is the first not to be based around specific themes. Instead, the journal’s pages were opened to a diversity of topics and approaches to the history of communism throughout the ‘short’ twentieth century.

This article discusses the way in which Chilean communists addressed sexuality and family life during the Popular Unity Government (1970-1973). Focusing on communist youth, the article provides a close reading of the youth-oriented magazine Ramona analysing the discussions about contentious issues and discusses the underlining tensions between older and younger generations of the Communist Party.

The Neoliberal Crisis
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Sally Davison, Katharine Harris

This book is on sale! Normally £12.00. Browse all of the books in the Christmas sale here. This collection brings together a selection of Soundings articles from 2009 to 2011. Authors analyse the potential for the financial crisis, then in full swing, to offer a moment of disruption in the neoliberal settlement.

History on our side

In this very personal history, Hywel Francis has a unique insight into both individual experiences and the national politics of the strike. A new chapter in this re-issued book shows that the Welsh miners were in a unique position to forge an alliance with the Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners Group, as represented in the film Pride.

In re-igniting a familiar debate about the balance between state security and individual privacy, the revelations of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have stalled on matters of regulation and reform, which treat secrecy, securitisation and surveillance largely in procedural terms.

Using historical and recent examples, this essay proposes seven theses on the philosophy of resistance. We have entered a new age of resistance and potentially radical change after fifty years of failures and defeats of the left.

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James Penney, Dhanveer Singh Brar, Jade Munslow Ong, Caspar Melville, Joseph Darlington, Elena Tzelepis

Autumn 2014

This issue of New Formations presents a range of exciting new work which spans and connects the fields of cultural studies, literary theory and radical political philosophy.

A Spanish Civil War Scrapbook

A beautifully produced facsimile of a scrapbook kept by a 17-year-old children’s nurse in South Yorkshire, which chronicles the unfolding of the Spanish Civil War.

After Neoliberalism? The Kilburn Manifesto
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Doreen Massey, Stuart Hall, Michael Rustin

This book is on sale! Normally £13.00. Browse all of the books in the Christmas sale here. This book brings together in one volume the essays from the Soundings Kilburn Manifesto, originally published online as a project to map the political, economic, social and cultural contours of neoliberalism. All the chapters from the manifesto are available to download free here.

Jo Littler’s interview with Nancy Fraser explores her approach to the hegemony of a liberal feminist model that allows privileged women to lead lives that she argues are socially male.

This article takes a critical look at the role of resilience in an age of austerity, from the meanings and practices it encompasses for grassroots groups to its rise to prominence across diverse policy fields.

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