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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 photograph. Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo sits next to his wife Cleo at the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings in 1947. Bertoldt Brecht sits in the background

    Monopolywood: Why the Paramount accords should not be repealed

    Repealing the Paramount accords could set independent cinema back, writes Vaughn Joy

  • A woman at a protest waiving a flare billowing yellow smoke in front of a banner reading "Kill the Bill"

    Abolition Revolution – review

    Abolition Revolution looks to a future free of the punitive systems that permeate British society, argues Shahed Ezaydi

  • Scene showing men in dole queue from 1997 film The Full Monty

    The Full Monty at 25

    A quarter of a century after its release, The Full Monty still resonates today. Alex Green revisits a working-class story told with compassion and humour

  • The cover of the book This Arab is Queer imposed onto a photo of the pride flag flying against a blue sky

    This Arab is Queer – review

    Elias Jahshan’s anthology paints a vibrant picture of queer Arab life on its own terms, writes Aneesha Hussain

  • Six people pose in brightly coloured clothes and balaclavas

    Riot daze

    In the current political climate, despair come easy. From Pussy Riot to queer cabaret, we must find hope in one another, argues Siobhan McGuirk

  • A street in Kibagare, Nairobi

    Tapping technology in Nairobi’s informal settlements

    Prince Guma reflects on how new digital technologies for water provision have been adapted – and subverted – in informal settlements in Nairobi

  • A large, barren quarry used to extract lithium in Chile

    Volt Rush – Review

    Henry Sanderson’s account of capital’s increasing interest in green technology should be cause for alarm, not relief, argues Madoc Cairns

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