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Sally Davison, Deborah Grayson, Kirsten Forkert

Summer 2020

Georgie Wemyss, Deborah Grayson, Nira Yuval-Davis, Hannah Hamad, Joy White, Karen Patel , Alister Wedderburn

Summer 2020

A series of reflections on Covid-19.

This article asks what kind of state intervention is needed for a post-Covid recovery.


John Clarke, Sally Davison

Summer 2020

Populism: the view from anthropology John Clarke reviews Katharine C. Donahue and Patricia R. Heck (eds), Cycles of Hatred and Rage: What Right Wing Extremists and Their Parties in Europe Tell Us About the US, Palgrave Macmillan 2019 The importance of conversation Sally Davison reviews Critical Dialogues: Thinking together in turbulent times, John Clarke, in conversation with Wendy Brown, Allan Cochrane, Davina Cooper, Larry Grossberg, Wendy Larner, Gail Lewis, Tania Murray Li, Jeff Maskovsky, Janet Newman, Aradhana Sharma, Paul Stubbs, Fiona Williams, Policy Press 2019


Jo Littler, David Featherstone, Sally Davison

Spring 2020

Editors Jo Littler, David Featherstone and Sally Davison introduce issue 74 of Soundings.

Hilary Wainwright talks to Jo Littler.

New municipalism as space for solidarity.

'I am haunted by this history bit I also haunt it back': two poetry collections.

Understanding the multiple forces shaping the ‘Johnson bloc’ may enable a strategic focus on its potential lines of fracture and failure.


Michael Rustin, Jeremy Gilbert, Sally Davison

Spring 2020

Michael Rustin talks to Sally Davison and Jeremy Gilbert.

As we were going to press the December general election was announced. During the campaign Boris Johnson looks set to continue his impersonation act as tribune of the people and embodiment of the popular will. For this reason Bill Schwarz’s analysis in this issue of Johnson’s role in attempting to reconfigure the Conservative Party as a party of the populist right is essential reading. As Schwarz argues, the incorporation of right-wing populism potentially marks a new period in the history of the old party. The continuously intensifying condensation of meanings into the deadly Brexit meme, which began long before the referendum took place, has offered the right an historic opportunity to link together a set of populist ideas that may be capable of re-ordering the political landscape of Britain.

Boris Johnson’s newly adopted persona as embodiment of the people’s will represents another step along the road towards a very English populism

How do different ideas about religion and the secular shape the building of solidarities and alliances?

In the midst of the 2018 Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, a group of comrades under the banner of Artists4Corbyn made a journey to the wind turbines just off the coast. The grey pillars of the generators that march across the horizon are visible from the northern parts of the city. Our intention was to gain a visceral experience of the Green Industrial Revolution being launched at the Conference. The following day at ‘The World Transformed’ we retold the story of our voyage.

A feminist reading of Rethinking Democracy Karen Celis and Sarah Childs Andrew Gamble and Tony Wright (eds), Rethinking Democracy, Political Quarterly Monograph Series, 2019 Trump and trade with the East: the continuing story Marc Reyes Andrew C. McKevitt. Consuming Japan: Popular Culture and the Globalizing of 1980s America, University of North Carolina Press, 2017

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

The slogan ‘take back control’ can be seen as an expression of protest at the hollowing out of democracy. The Brexit referendum has caused many problems, but it has also opened up the possibility for a sense of re-empowerment - the renewed possibility for discussion of ‘substantive politics’.

This article revisits debates about agency: what and where are the forces and agents that might bring about change? In the past liberals and socialists broadly shared a belief in social enlightenment and progress, but liberals believed that this could be achieved gradually, through education, while Marxists believed that self-organisation by the working class was the way forward.


David Featherstone, Lazaros Karaliotas

Summer 2019

Populism refers to forms of politics that put ‘the people’ at their centre, but the way ‘the people’ is understood varies widely. Questions of left populism have gained significant traction and engagement in the last decade - and this is a key focus of this article.