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Taking our cue from Raymond Williams’ ‘culture is ordinary’, we explore how politics works through old and new media, books, film, stage and screen, music and sport.

We cover a breadth of themes, from representations of class, race and gender in the arts, to progressive and reactionary uses of nostalgia, to the grassroots voices democratising the channels of communication.

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Taking our cue from Raymond Williams’ ‘culture is ordinary’, we explore how politics works through old and new media, books, film, stage and screen, music and sport.

We cover a breadth of themes, from representations of class, race and gender in the arts, to progressive and reactionary uses of nostalgia, to the grassroots voices democratising the channels of communication.

media

  • On a black baground the ilustrated outline of a tank in pink. Figures are climbing on it with flowers, CND symbols and a flag of Palestine. The text reads: Games Transformed 2024: No war but class war

    Games Transformed: play, jams and gamers against militarism

    Games are not neutral, says Sara Khan. Its time for gamers to raise the alarm – and creatively resist the military-entertainment complex

  • Protestors in London holding pro-trans rights placards, with one in the centre holding a megaphone

    Who’s Afraid of Gender? – review

    Butler’s book is an accessible call for a liberative politics of gender even if it is too charitable to anti-trans ‘feminists’, writes Jess O’Thomson

  • Handala, a character originally drawn by Naji Al-Ali, painted onto the West Bank barrier

    A Child in Palestine – review

    A Child in Palestine is a powerful tribute to the enduring legacy of Naji al-Ali, writes Jeanine Hourani

  • An image of the Odesa Puppet Theatre building and an actor in a hat holding a puppet fox

    Puppetry thrives amid war in Ukraine

    The Odesa Puppet Theatre plays a vital role for Ukrainians facing the violence and trauma of war, explain Nataliia Borodina and Matt Smith

  • Games Gyān Caupar, Reise um die Erde, The Noble Game of Elephant and Castle, Settlers of Catan

    Game on! It’s time to decolonise play

    Mary Flanagan examines the sordid history of how colonialism has shaped the games we play – and how we can build play spaces free of it

  • Graphics from video games in a montage with people laughing playing a game

    How to stop getting played

    Games and play are everywhere under neoliberal capitalism. But they can also show us the way to a better future, argues Keir Milburn

  • A stylised photo of big tech headquarters with an Instagram logo prominent

    Big Tech: A new platform for global capitalism

    Over the past 30 years, tech companies have become leading institutions of global capitalism. They give a new face to old challenges – and new potential for mass resistance, writes Jeremy Gilbert

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