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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

  • A black and white late-19th century photo of large crowds of people on a boat

    Migrants: The Story of Us All – review

    Sam Miller’s book reveals migration to be neither aberrant nor harmful, but an ancient and fundamental aspect of humanity, says Madoc Cairns

  • A picture of the procession down Whitehall of the Kings golden carriage on his coronation day

    Simon Hedges is just coronated

    As Britain readies to crown King Charles III, the late Queen’s large adult son, Simon Hedges shares his vision for the momentous occasion

  • A glass fronted building with the BBC logo above its entrance

    New elite or old right-wing defence tactics?

    Rhian E Jones examines the right-wing narrative of the ‘new elite’ imposing a progressive agenda upon the majority – and why such claims are nothing new

  • An illustration of workers rating their arms into a giant fist punching up into the air

    Troublemaking – review

    Through analysing varied unionisation campaigns, Lydia Hughes and Jamie Woodcock chart a path for workplace democracy and meaningful class struggle, says Laura Hone

  • An illustration showing images of German philosophers Karl Marx and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel with pink and purple coloured arrows pointing in different directions across the top

    Key words: Dialectics

    Tom Whyman explains Marx’s influential theory of ‘dialectical materialism’ which has its roots in Hegel and takes history to be driven by conflict

  • The exterior of the BBC Television Centre in London

    When the people made television: the BBC’s Community Programme Unit

    An exhibition revisiting a radically different, democratic approach to programming in the 1970s prompts Andrew Dolan to consider whether another BBC is still imaginable today

  • Protestors waiving placards, Palestinian flags and keys symbolising the Palestinian demand for right of return

    Greater than the Sum of Our Parts – review

    Nada Elia’s book touches on a number of interesting themes, but fails to shift its focus from the academy to grassroots organising, argues Jeanine Hourani

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