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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

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

  • Illustrations showing two people feeding babies, one within a heart shape with the word 'Chestfed' above, the other sitting atop a ribbon in blue, pink and white that reads 'Trans Joy'

    Labour pains: Views on birthing, pregnancy and birth control

    AJ Silver, Moly O’Brien and Devon Price challenge how UK medical institutions exert control over their bodies

  • A black and white photograph of a cricket team from 1985

    Different Class – review

    Duncan Stone’s fastidiously researched history of English cricket offers a valuable alternative view of the sport, writes Sanaa Qureshi

  • A black and white photo shows two men sitting crossed legged on the floor, a protest banner in the background. The man on the left is David Graeber, holding a microphone and gesturing to unseen listeners

    Learning from David Graeber

    Activists, academics and friends explain what David Graeber’s work meant to them – and the salient message it still carries today

  • An illustration shows an 1980s style arcade machine with small human figures running out of the screen, with dotted lines on a green and purple background. The text reads: 'Games Transformed: Love games, hate capitalism'

    All to play for: towards a left gaming culture

    Gerry Hart shares personal reflections on the politics of gaming, inspired by a one-day festival of games hosted by The World Transformed

  • Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a white man wearing a suit with his hands clasped, speaks into a microphone against a backdrop of more white men in suits listening from their seats in the European Parliament

    Bad news from Greece: round one

    Former Syriza member Marina Prentoulis examines the results of the first round of the Greek elections and explains the party’s continued decline

  • A painting of an older white man sitting in front of a bookcase wearing a red jumper

    A tribute to Tom Nairn

    Writers from England, Wales and Scotland pay tribute to Tom Nairn, who died in January 2023

  • A rally of protesters march behind a large banner that reads: 'McStrike'

    Workers Can Win – review

    If you’re looking to organise your workplace, Ian Allinson’s book is a vital and useful guide, writes Lydia Hughes

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