Culture


Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide

1 June 2014 Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide, by Ben White, reviewed by Richard Kuper

Out of Time

1 June 2014 Out of Time: The perils and the pleasures of ageing, by Lynne Segal, reviewed by Catherine Hoskyns

The Fair Trade Scandal

1 June 2014 The Fair Trade Scandal: Marketing poverty to benefit the rich, by Ndongo Samba Sylla, reviewed by Christine Haigh

The solitude of Latin America

1 June 2014 The famous literary style of Gabriel García Márquez was rooted in his politics. Delivering his Nobel Lecture in Stockholm in 1982, he addressed the legacy of colonialism – and his hopes for a better world

Book review: Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

30 April 2014 John Palmer argues that Piketty's bestseller presents a challenge to even the most blinkered of defenders of the present neo-liberal order

Book review: Greece resistance and the Future of Europe

8 April 2014 Paddy McDaid reviews Philosophy and Resistance in the Crisis: Greece and the Future of Europe (Polity, 2013) by Costas Douzinas

Words’ worth: Keywords at Tate Liverpool

1 April 2014 Tate Liverpool’s new exhibition on Raymond Williams’ Keywords brings together a wide range of work but fails to capture the political impulse of the original text, writes Danielle Child

Shelagh Delaney and the drama of everyday life

1 April 2014 Michael Calderbank reconsiders the context of Salford playwright Shelagh Delaney’s breakthrough as the National Theatre stages a revival of her debut A Taste of Honey

Past visions, future dreams

31 March 2014 While art is always the product of a particular social and historical context, it cannot be reduced to that context, writes Mike Marqusee – not if it is of any lasting value

Maxine Peake: Doc Martens roots

31 March 2014 Jane Shallice interviews Maxine Peake, a committed socialist whose acting credits range from Veronica in Shameless to Martha Costello QC in Silk

Struggling for the right of existence; the memoirs of Daniel Bensaïd

18 March 2014 Jane Shallice reviews An Impatient Life: A Memoir (Verso, 2013) by Daniel Bensaïd and considers what the Left can learn from these beautiful memoirs

Honouring the Democrats

18 March 2014 Great Democrats, edited by A. Barratt Brown (Spokesman books), reviewed by Anthony Arblaster

Black Star: Britain’s Asian Youth Movements

17 February 2014 by Anandi Ramamurthy, reviewed by Gus John

The Impossible Community: realising communitarian anarchism

17 February 2014 by John P Clark, reviewed by Chris Tomlinson

The Body Economic: why austerity kills

17 February 2014 by David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu, reviewed by Maureen Mackintosh

The Shed is proving that theatre can tackle the issues of the day

3 February 2014 A temporary space at the National Theatre has been tackling a host of contemporary issues. Edd Mustill has been enjoying the show

Classic book: Winter in July

1 February 2014 Sarah Shoraka looks back at Winter in July by Doris Lessing

Bad News for Refugees

1 February 2014 Bad News for Refugees, by Greg Philo, Emma Briant and Pauline Donald, reviewed by Andrew Dolan

Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism

1 February 2014 Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism, by Peter Hudis, reviewed by Michael Calderbank

The Democracy Project

1 February 2014 The Democracy Project: a history, a crisis, a movement, by David Graeber, reviewed by Michelle Zellers

Biohackers

1 February 2014 Biohackers: the politics of open science, Alessandro Delfanti, reviewed by Leigh Phillips

Classic book: Policing the Crisis

1 February 2014 Tracey Jensen looks back at Policing the Crisis: Mugging, the state and law and order, by Stuart Hall, Chas Critcher, Tony Jefferson, John Clarke and Brian Roberts

Classic book: If They Come in the Morning

31 January 2014 Lola Okolosie looks back at Angela Davis' 1971 collection of essays

Managing Democracy, Managing Dissent

31 January 2014 Managing Democracy, Managing Dissent: capitalism, democracy and the organisation of consent, edited by Rebecca Fisher, reviewed by Bert Schouwenburg

NHS SOS

31 January 2014 NHS SOS: how the NHS was betrayed – and how we can save it, edited by Jacky Davis and Raymond Tallis, reviewed by Jonathon Tomlinson

The holy fools of Pussy Riot

18 January 2014 Frank Carney salutes Pussy Riot and says their case demonstrates the importance of gestures on life's great occasions

Meanwhile in Bristol: temporary arts spaces

13 January 2014 A scheme that allocated council-owned buildings for creative use has suffered under the cuts, reports Karen Dickenson

Classic book: Green Bans, Red Union

7 January 2014 Camille Barbagallo looks at Green Bans, Red Union: environmental activism and the New South Wales Builders Labourers’ Federation, by Meredith and Verity Burgmann

Spying on the movement – Undercover

6 January 2014 Undercover: the true story of Britain’s secret police, by Rob Evans and Paul Lewis, reviewed by Hannah Fair

The scapegoat bites back – Revolting Subjects

5 January 2014 Revolting Subjects: social abjection and resistance in neoliberal Britain, by Imogen Tyler, reviewed by Hilary Aked

The case for the state

4 January 2014 The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs private sector myths, by Mariana Mazzucato, reviewed by George Woods

Tate’s left turn

3 January 2014 Tate Liverpool has opened its doors to an exhibition devoted to the left. Danielle Child spoke to the gallery’s artistic director Francesco Manacorda

Not forgetting who you are

3 January 2014 The Happy Lands revisits 1926 in Fife, Scotland, spotlighting one mining community’s stand against austerity. Director Robert Rae talks with two of the actors about mining history, Fife today and Scotland’s future

Grace Petrie: Singing for change

3 January 2014 Grace Petrie talks to Elly Badcock about apathy, love and why she’s not a ‘protest singer’

The rewilded frontier – Feral

3 January 2014 Feral: searching for enchantment on the frontiers of rewilding, by George Monbiot, reviewed by James O'Nions

The Village Against the World

2 January 2014 The Village Against the World, by Dan Hancox, reviewed by Izzy Koksal

Review – What Should We Tell Our Daughters?

19 December 2013 Kate Pickett and her 19 year old daughter Bronwen Pickett review What Should We Tell Our Daughters? by Melissa Benn.

Nourishing the hunger

5 December 2013 Jane Trowell talks to poet Sai Murray about his collection Ad-Liberation

How the corporate elite win the class war

24 November 2013 John Palmer reviews Susan George's latest book How to Win the Class War: The Lugano Report II

Classic book: Bolo’Bolo

21 October 2013 Gareth Brown looks at Bolo’Bolo, a proposal for collective living

Theatre review: The World of Extreme Happiness

14 October 2013 Edd Mustill reviews The World of Extreme Happiness at London's National Theatre Shed.

Not playing by the book: radical children’s reads

8 October 2013 Children’s literature can be an important playground for kids to think critically and conceive of a better world. Kitty Webster explores what’s out there for little rebels to read

‘We are as Gods.’ The legacy of the Whole Earth Catalog

1 October 2013 Steve Jobs said it was like ‘Google in paperback’. Hilary Wainwright reports from an exhibition and conference centred on the Whole Earth Catalog, first published in 1968

Reclaiming the past – All Knees and Elbows of Susceptibility and Refusal

1 October 2013 All Knees and Elbows of Susceptibility and Refusal: reading history from below, by Anthony Iles and Tom Roberts, reviewed by Dave Featherstone

Anabaptists and pirates – Altai

1 October 2013 Altai, by Wu Ming, reviewed by Ben Lear

The dark heart of Europe – Corporate Europe

1 October 2013 Corporate Europe: how big business sets policies on food, climate and war, by David Cronin, reviewed by John Hilary

A drama in three acts – Fortunes of Feminism

1 October 2013 Fortunes of Feminism: from state-managed capitalism to neoliberal crisis, by Nancy Fraser, reviewed by Nina Power

Into the Fire: a different picture of Greece

15 September 2013 Guy Taylor watches an important and urgent film about refugees in Greece caught between the repression of Fortress Europe and the street violence of Golden Dawn

Revolutionary rehearsals

6 September 2013 Lorna Stephenson looks at theatre groups giving a voice to the voiceless – and making social change happen in the process

Classic book: Things Fall Apart

30 August 2013 Desiree Reynolds looks at Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe



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