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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.
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.
Ben Highmore, Jenny Bourne Taylor
In this introduction we suggest a number of ways that mood has been and can be a productive way to approach various forms of labour including: the emotional expenditure of those that care either professionally or as ‘voluntary’ labourers; the pedagogic labour of teaching; and the mood work of the state and the media.
This essay explores the sociality of moods as a sociality that does not simply bring us together. Reflecting specifically on how attunement creates strangers (as those who are only dimly perceived) the essay explores how some have to work to become attuned to others.
This essay introduces the special double issue (80/81) of New Formations, Neoliberal Culture. It situates the eleven other contributions to the volume in the context of the wider field of debate over the existence and nature of ‘neoliberalism’ as a specifiable and analysable phenomenon.
Meritocracy, in contemporary parlance, refers to the idea that whatever our social position at birth, society ought to facilitate the means for 'talent' to 'rise to the top'. This article argues that the ideology of ‘meritocracy’ has become a key means through which plutocracy is endorsed by stealth within contemporary neoliberal culture.
Mark Fisher, Jeremy Gilbert
This is a dialogue conducted over email by Mark Fisher, author of the widely-read Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative and Jeremy Gilbert, editor of New Formations.
Lucy Potter, Claire Westall
This essay examines contemporary Britain’s foodscape in order to identify how mediatised life-quests uphold ‘boom-based’ culinary/consumptive motifs while mobilising a distinctive ‘austerity aesthetic’ that coincides and colludes with the British state’s neoliberal austerity narrative.
Nicky Marsh, Paul Crosthwaite, Peter Knight, Lisa Downing, Scott McCracken, Jarad Zimbler, Raji Vallury, Benjamin Noys
Show me the Money: The Culture of Neoliberalism - Nicky Marsh, Paul Crosthwaite and Peter Knight | Power for Pleasure - Lisa Downing | Forty Winks - Scott McCracken | Ideational Cinema - Jarad Zimbler | Thought-Perception Beyond Form or, the Logic of Shame - Raji Vallury | Culture or Barbarism? - Benjamin Noys
This essay foregrounds how technocultural assemblages - software platforms, algorithms, digital networks and affects - are constitutive of online racialized identities. Rather than being concerned with what online identities are in terms of ethno-racial representation and signification, we can explore how they are materialized via the technologies of online platforms.
This text is a conversation among practitioners of independent political media, focusing on the diverse materialities of independent publishing associated with the new media environment.
Although this is officially an ‘unthemed’ issue of New Formations - collecting simply the best unsolicited submissions received by the journal over the past two years - the resonances and convergence between its various contributions are remarkable.
‘#MySubjectivation’ explores some of the implications changes in the media landscape, including those associated with the development of corporate social media and social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, have for the ways in which theorists and philosophers create, perform and circulate research and knowledge.
Matt ffytche, The Foundation of the Unconscious: Freud, Schelling and the Birth of the Modern Psyche, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011 by Benjamin Poore | Lisa Blackman, Immaterial Bodies: Affect, Embodiment, Mediation, London, Sage, 2012 by Tony D. Sampson
Ben Highmore, Wendy Wheeler, Molly Anne Rothenberg, Louise Westling
REVIEWS: Cultural Studies in its Mirror Phase - Ben Highmore | Of Birds and Hands - Wendy Wheeler | The Transference in Culture - Molly Anne Rothenberg | Still Anthropocentric - Louise Westling BOOKNOTES: Erkan Ali, Sarah E. James