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The interest in aesthetics in philosophy, literary and cultural studies is growing rapidly. This book contains exemplary essays by key practitioners in these fields which demonstrate the importance of this area of enquiry. New aestheticism remains a troubled term and in current parlance it already comes loaded with the baggage of the 'philistine controversy' which first emerged in an exchange that originally that took place in the New Left Review during the mid-1990s. A serious aesthetic education is necessary for resisting the advance of 'philistinism'. Contemporary aesthetic production may be decentred and belonging to the past, but that is not a reason to underestimate what great works do that nothing else can. Despite well-established feminist work in literary criticism, film theory and art history, feminist aesthetics 'is a relatively young discipline, dating from the early 1990s'. The book focuses on the critical interrogation of the historical status of mimesis in the context of a gendered and racial politics of modernity. Throughout the history of literary and art criticism the focus has fallen on the creation or reception of works and texts. The book also identifies a fragmentary Romantic residue in contemporary aesthetics. The Alexandrian aesthetic underlies the experience of the 'allegorical'. 'Cultural poetics' makes clear the expansion of 'poetics' into a domain that is no longer strictly associated with 'poetry'. The book also presents an account of a Kantian aesthetic criticism, discussing Critique of Pure Reason, Critique of Aesthetic Judgement and Critique of Judgement.

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Governing Precarity through Adaptive Design
Mark Duffield

: Innovations Fair ’, November , (accessed 5 April 2017 ). Amsden , A. H. ( 1990 ), ‘ Third World Industrialization: “Global Fordism” or a New Model? ’, New Left Review , 182 , 5 – 31 . Anderson , C. ( 2007 ), ‘ The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete ’, Wired , 16 July , (accessed 9 February 2015

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The Nairn–Anderson interpretation
Mark Wickham-Jones

– contribution to this undertaking focused on a particular account of the character of British reformism. Two of Nairn’s publications stand out as especially relevant in this regard. First, in ‘The nature of the Labour Party’, a paper in two parts originally published in New Left Review during 1964 and subsequently merged as a chapter of Anderson and Blackburn’s Towards Socialism (1965), he gave a coruscating overview of the party’s failures during the first sixty years of its history. In passing, the reader should note that although these publications are cited by their

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Design and material culture in Soviet Russia, 1960s–80s
Author: Yulia Karpova

The major part of this book project was funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 700913.

This book is about two distinct but related professional cultures in late Soviet Russia that were concerned with material objects: industrial design and decorative art. The Russian avant-garde of the 1920s is broadly recognised to have been Russia’s first truly original contribution to world culture. In contrast, Soviet design of the post-war period is often dismissed as hackwork and plagiarism that resulted in a shabby world of commodities. This book identifies the second historical attempt at creating a powerful alternative to capitalist commodities in the Cold War era. It offers a new perspective on the history of Soviet material culture by focusing on the notion of the ‘comradely object’ as an agent of progressive social relations that state-sponsored Soviet design inherited from the avant-garde. It introduces a shared history of domestic objects, handmade as well as machine-made, mass-produced as well as unique, utilitarian as well as challenging the conventional notion of utility. Situated at the intersection of intellectual history, social history and material culture studies, this book elucidates the complexities and contradictions of Soviet design that echoed international tendencies of the late twentieth century. The book is addressed to design historians, art historians, scholars of material culture, historians of Russia and the USSR, as well as museum and gallery curators, artists and designers, and the broader public interested in modern aesthetics, art and design, and/or the legacy of socialist regimes.

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A reminder from the present
Pete Shirlow

Six Countries (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1999); S. Keenan, ‘Force of habit’, Red Pepper, 86 (August 2001), p. 6. 6 T. Nairn, ‘Farewell Britannia’, New Left Review, 2:7 (2001), pp. 55–74. 7 McGarry, ‘Northern Ireland, civic nationalism and the Good Friday Agreement’; B. O’Leary, ‘The nature of the British–Irish Agreement’, New Left Review, 233 (1999), pp. 66–96. 8 O’Leary, ‘The nature of the British–Irish Agreement’. 9 Nairn, ‘Farewell Britannia’. 10 P. Stewart and P. Shirlow, ‘Northern Ireland: between war and peace?’, Capital and Class, 69 (1999), pp

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Madeleine Davis

the pages of the New Left Review (NLR) or The Socialist Register. Though the nuances of interpretation varied among these individuals, the use of the term ‘labourism’ to denote the limitations placed upon the party by its particular history, ideology and structure, and above all, what Miliband (1972: 13) called its ‘devotion to the parliamentary system’ was a common feature. This was not, in itself, a wholly new way of looking at Labour. New Left critiques of labourism in fact represented and continued a strand of Marxist thinking on the party that can be traced

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From Parliamentary Socialism to ‘Bennism’
Michael Newman

of Thompson joined up with the Universities and Left Review to establish the New Left Review, a journal which, for all its intellectual merits, never exerted much influence on Labour politics. Miliband still remained optimistic that Labour would take a decisive turn to the Left as he wrote Parliamentary Socialism. It was in 1960 that Gaitskell’s attempt to reduce the doctrinal significance of the party’s commitment to public ownership suffered a decisive set-back. That year also saw him defeated at conference over unilateral nuclear disarmament. While Gaitskell

in Interpreting the Labour Party
David Coates and Leo Panitch

Socialist Register 1997 Albo, G. Langille, D and Panitch, L. (eds) (1993) A Different Kind of State: Popular Power and Democratic Administration, Toronto Brivati, B. and Heffernan, R. (eds) (2000) The Labour Party: A Centenary History Burden, T., Breitenbach, H. and Coates, D. (1990) Features of a Viable Socialism Coates, D. (1975) The Labour Party and the Struggle for Socialism, Cambridge Coates, D. (1980) Labour in Power? A Study of the Labour Government 1974–79 Coates, D. (1981) ‘The Labour Left and the transition to socialism’, New Left Review, 129 Coates, D. (1982

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An introduction
John J. Joughin and Simon Malpas

initial impact of theory, but also conceptually in the sense that as ‘theory’ now enters a more reflective phase, there is an increased willingness among cultural theorists and philosophers alike to consider ‘the philosophical origins of literary theory’. Yet, in this respect, new aestheticism remains a troubled term and in current parlance it already comes loaded with the baggage of the ‘philistine controversy’ which first emerged in an exchange that originally that took place in the New Left Review during the mid-1990s. New aestheticism was identified there as a

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Class cultures, the trade unions and the Labour Party
John Callaghan

signposts for others to follow in search of answers. References Unless indicated, the place of publication is London. Anderson, P. (1964) ‘Origins of the present crisis’, New Left Review, 23. Berger, S. (1994) The British Labour Party and the German Social Democrats, Oxford Berger, S. and Boughton, D. (eds) (1995) The Force of Labour: The Western European Labour Movement and the Working Class in the Twentieth Century, Oxford Geary, D. (ed.) (1989) Labour and Socialist Movements in Europe Before 1914, Oxford McKibbin, R. (1974) The Evolution of the Labour Party, Oxford

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