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Alison Winch, Kirsten Forkert and Sally Davison introduce this special issue of Soundings.

Economic decisions - such as where investment is increased and or withdrawn, which services will flourish and which will be run down, whose living standards will be protected or boosted and whose reduced - are not gender neutral. Neoliberal policies in particular have disproportionately affected women, particularly low-income and BAME women, through their lack of interest in social investment and the cuts they are making to the resources and public services that sustain life.

This article explores neoliberal feminism in relation to Africa, with a particular focus on Nigeria.

'It would be so lovely to think that, if I were a man, I could explain the law and people would listen and say "OK." That would be so restful.' Laura, Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt, 2016)

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Tamsyn Dent, Jannat Hossain, Katharine Harris, Peter Ridley

Spring 2019

Tamsyn Dent, Jannat Hossain, Katharine Harris, Peter Ridley

1960s counterculture offered a fleeting glimpse of an alternative form of civil society, and the spirit of ’68 continues to inspire the quest for a more open, participatory and democratic society. Some see it as having prepared the way for neoliberal consumerism and individualism, others regard it as the great disseminator of popular and anti-authoritarian politics.

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Richard Kuper, Brendan McGeever, Lynne Segal, Nira Yuval-Davis, Jamie Hakim, Ben Little

Autumn 2018

Arguments about antisemitism need to be understood in the context of the current political conjuncture - a time of increased racism in the wider society, but also a time when the issue has been weaponised in order to attack Corbynism. There is a need to acknowledge the existence of antisemitism in the left and Labour Party, even while calling for recognition that it also exists in other parties.

London’s LGBTQ+ s communities are rapidly losing their nightlife premises. There was a stark drop of 58 per cent between 2006 and 2017, partly because of property development and processes of gentrification.

Two poems by jennifer Lee Tsai

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David Featherstone, Daryl Leeworthy

Autumn 2018

David Featherstone reviews Stefan Collini, Speaking of Universities, Verso 2017. Daryl Leeworthy reviews Hywel Francis, Stories of Solidarity, Y Lolfa 2018.

We are still failing to protect our mental health services and the people who deliver them. One central reason for current problems is the overwhelming focus of the service on Increased Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), the NHS’s largest mental health programme. This annex to Elizabeth Cotton's article on The future of mental health services provides a model for 'Survival Surgeries' designed to help and support those working in mental health services.

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.

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

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