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Alone and tired

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The Lilliput syndrome

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A new start that's full of contradictions

Andrei Sannikov

Existence without life

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Carpets and ceramics

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The Lilliput syndrome

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The violent closet?

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Peak democracy?

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Phillip Cole

On the borders of solidarity

An ethical perspective on migration

The debate about migration in political and media discourse is dominated by issues of economics and culture, while only the ethical approach reveals the question of power, writes Phillip Cole. The left must on one hand understand anxieties people have about immigration, but on the other show courage in contesting beliefs based on untruths. [more]


Michael Rustin

The crisis of neoliberalism in Europe

Prospects for European solidarity, post-Brexit

Europe has abandoned norms of equality and social solidarity in favour of market freedoms, writes Michael Rustin. But, following the outcome of the UK referendum, could the damage and disruption caused by the dominant neoliberal doctrines in the EU turn out to be reversible? [more]


Ben Little

Labour's lost referendum

Ahead of Thursday's EU referendum, Ben Little of "Soundings" (UK) looks beyond the daily diet of questionable and competing facts circulated by party political factions, and considers the deep-seated tensions that currently shape the United Kingdom's fractured political landscape. [more]


Roshi Naidoo

Strangers when we meet: Identity and solidarity

The urgency of global challenges like climate change and the need for collective action might be expected to reduce the importance of identity politics and questions of difference. And yet, writes Roshi Naidoo, it remains the case that there is no neutral conception of humanity for us all to belong to. [more]


Don Flynn

Frontier anxiety

Living with the stress of the everyday border

Today, bordering operates at all levels, writes Don Flynn: from the geopolitical bordering that expresses the changing balance of power between states; to the reconfiguration of state administrative procedures; to the experience of the border as it impacts on everyday lives. [more]


Marina Prentoulis

Notes on Greece

In her contribution to the editorial in Soundings' summer issue, Syriza member Marina Prentoulis assesses the options for grassroots movements in a European Union that has lost sight of any notion of a "Social Europe"; a union determined to preserve a neoliberal agenda. [more]


Sirio Canos Donnay

The people versus the elite

The case of Spain

There are many words that neoliberalism has emptied of content – democracy, social justice, citizenship, sovereignty – that can be reclaimed, filled with progressive ideas and used to drive change. So says Sirio Canos Donnay, an archaeologist and member of Podemos. [more]


Jacob Mukherjee

Occupy and the 99%

Understanding Occupy politics

A highly individualist identity politics is clearly one of the mainstays of the culture of the new capitalism. But, asks Jacob Mukherjee, could this also be precisely what constitutes a barrier to the formation of a collective political subject in the first place? [more]


Nancy Fraser, Jo Littler

An astonishing time of great boldness

On the politics of recognition and redistribution

Ideas tended to flow between the university and the movement during the era of second-wave feminism. Then feminism became academicized and disrupted the flow. But, says Nancy Fraser, given the hunger for new thinking in all arenas after the 2008 crash, this is changing once again. [more]


Irem Inceoglu

The Gezi resistance and its aftermath

A radical democratic opportunity?

The Gezi spirit continues to be seen as a remedy to the polarization of Turkish politics. But the question remains, writes Irem Inceoglu, as to how to avoid the newly blossoming politicization and the language of solidarity being squashed by party-managed politics. [more]


Beatrix Campbell

After neoliberalism: The need for a gender revolution

Whether in its Asian forms, or under the Anglo-American model or Latin America's post-dictatorship democracies, capital may employ women but doesn't emancipate them, writes Beatrix Campbell. And nothing less than a gender revolution can change this. [more]


Chris Hann

After the euro

A common currency should remain a central component of international co-operation and redistribution, argues Chris Hann. But European debates on the compatibility of capitalism and democracy must be radically reframed if the currency, and the structures underpinning it, are to succeed. [more]


Jason Wilson

After the burn: TED in Long Beach

How TED commodifies knowledge and closes down debate

The media organization TED sells itself as one of a new brand of arbiters and brokers of innovation. And yet, writes Jason Wilson, TED's preferred model of thinking is not the critical delineation of problems, or the formulation of better questions, but the closure of solutionism. [more]


Ben Little

Parties, causes and political power

Today's slick electoral machines have debased the idea of seeking political power, contends Soundings co-editor Ben Little. Which marks a sea change since the first decades after WWII, when local parties were intensely engaged in candidate selection and struggles over party resources. [more]


Sally Davison

Redefining politics

Soundings, UK

Given that politics is traditionally seen as a male area, commissioning women writers is never easy for "Soundings". One solution, writes editor Sally Davison, has been an attempt to redefine politics such that its agenda becomes more women-centred. [more]


Paolo Gerbaudo

The roots of the coup

When people refuse to engage with the state, they present an opportunity for the state's worst autocratic tendencies to kick in, argues Paolo Gerbaudo. Wherein lie the roots of the Egyptian army's removal of the country's first elected president after the massive 30 June protests. [more]


Tariq Modood, Varun Uberoi

Understanding multiculturalism

Has multiculturalism in Britain retreated?

The emergence of a culturally diverse citizenry, a policy or a vision for the nation: multiculturalism may mean any of these and more. That it has received anything but a good press of late prompts Varun Uberoi and Tariq Modood to clarify why multiculturalism is in fact flourishing in Britain. [more]


Alison Winch

The girlfriend gaze

Women's friendship and intimacy circles are increasingly taking on the function of mutual self-policing, writes Alison Winch. In a relentlessly visual landscape, the feminine ideal is the girl and the girled body is an asset. [more]


Phillip Brown, Hugh Lauder

The great transformation in the global labour market

The global expansion of higher education allows work traditionally reserved for the West to be done more cheaply and just as well in emerging nations. The result is that the wages and working conditions of western employees no longer set the benchmark. [more]


Phil Cohen

A beautifying lie?

Culture and kitsch @ London2012

The opening ceremony of the London Olympics, themed "The Isle of Wonders", will offer a pastiche of national identity in which the darker sides of the British psyche are lost in a multiculturalist high-kitsch spectacular, anticipates Phil Cohen.[Hungarian version added] [more]


Stewart Lansley

"Managed" v "market capitalism": The record

The thirty-year long experiment in market capitalism has failed to unleash a new era of dynamism, argues Stewart Lansley. Examining key areas in which the market model was supposed to deliver, he finds that, on almost every count, "managed capitalism" outperformed its successor. [more]


John Grahl

Crisis in the Eurozone

Europe's dogmatic belief in the intrinsic stability of market economies caused imbalances in competitiveness to be ignored as long as easy credit provided the illusion of growth. Present stabilization arrangements are inadequate: necessary is a Europeanization of debt, argues John Grahl. [more]


John Palmer

The EU crisis: Integration or gradual disintegration?

Faced with the costs of the splintering of the euro, EU governments will, however reluctantly, have to agree to deepen not weaken integration, writes John Palmer, former European editor of "The Guardian". And most voters will agree. [more]


Fiona Williams

Markets and migrants in the care economy

The male breadwinner model of the welfare state has given way to the adult worker model, however care work continues to be left to migrant women, writes Fiona Williams. The privatization of care means wages are forced down among a group least able to negotiate. [more]


Carl Rowlands

Europe's periphery

The decimation of indigenous industry in central and eastern Europe has created a low-wage hinterland on the fringes of the highly developed core, writes Carl Rowlands. If the societies of central-eastern Europe are indeed in transition, it is unclear what the destination will be. [more]


Vron Ware

Lives on the line

Rather than concede the unpopularity of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the British government has retreated to higher ground to persuade the electorate of its patriotic duties, writes Vron Ware. A language of sacrifice and heroism serves to exclude those who oppose the wars. [more]


Danny Dorling

The return to elitism in education

A society's attitudes to innate intelligence are closely correlated with its levels of inequality, writes Danny Dorling. In Britain, the backlash against comprehensive education has created a market-based system in which schools and universities compete for money and students. [more]


Helen Bird, Max Boykoff, Mike Goodman, Jo Littler, George Monbiot

The media and climate change

The entry of climate change into the media mainstream, welcome as it is, nevertheless brings new problems. Journalists, campaigners and scientists discuss the implications of demand-led reporting and the dangers of focusing on "charismatic megafauna". [more]


Göran Therborn

The killing fields of inequality

"Increasing social distance between the poorest and the richest diminishes social cohesion, which in turn means more collective problems and fewer resources for solving all our other collective problems." Göran Therborn on why inequality matters. [more]



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The 27th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
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Out to where storytelling does not reach
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