25 April 2017

In search of whiteness

The term ‘white working-class’ is increasingly used in populist language to convey economic disadvantage and neglect by pro-immigration regimes. As British anti-racism activist and sociologist Vron Ware argues, it misrepresents the social and political realities of working class communities and distracts from middle-class hostility to immigration.

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Emmanuel Macron has broken from entrenched definitions of right and left in France and based a programme on liberalization and social justice. Sigmar Gabriel, the German Social Democrat foreign minister, has also sought to bring together the conflicting wings of his party. Here, the two discuss the need for positive campaigning on Europe, and why the future of the Union depends on a combination of investment and reform. With an introduction by Jürgen Habermas.

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A hesitant European is a defeated European

‘Blätter’ calls for a courageous politics for Europe; ‘Arena’ talks to Göran Therborn about equality and populism; ‘Kritika & Kontext’ gathers old friends; ‘Samtiden’ discovers the feminist Qur’an; ‘Prostory’ assesses the protests in Belarus; ‘pARTisan’ revisits the collective farm; ‘New Literary Observer’ discusses mastery and slavery; and ‘Osteuropa’ reads Platonov.

Good things have many names

‘Varlık’ portrays Turkey’s first feminist poet; ‘New Humanist’ discusses racism and identity politics; ‘Passage’ seeks a different Denmark; ‘Glänta’ compares town and country; ‘La Revue nouvelle’ challenges managed immigration; ‘Soundings’ thinks beyond traditional forms of public ownership; ‘Merkur’ salvages the relationship between humans and nature; ‘Esprit’ says no to the mechanization of the world; and ‘Vikerkaar’ looks deeper into thingumajigs.

The destruction of society

‘Osteuropa’ rages at the destruction of Russian society; ‘Merkur’ delves into the history of Eurasianism; ‘Vikerkaar’ is sanguine about the decline of universalism; ‘New Eastern Europe’ has divided opinions about borders; ‘Ord&Bild’ finds humanism at sea; ‘Il Mulino’ debates the difficulties of democracy in Italy and the West; ‘Blätter’ seeks responses to the whitelash; ‘Mittelweg 36’ historicizes pop and protest; ‘Critique & Humanism’ looks at Bulgarian youth cultures; ‘Res Publica Nowa’ considers labour; and ‘Varlik’ examines the origins of literary modernism in Turkey.

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European Meeting of Cultural Journals 2016. Panel: Liberalism, Populism and the Challenges of Post-Transformation in Eastern Europe and Elsewhere

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