Here we explore socialism – an ideology that, uniquely, sprang
from the industrial revolution and the experience of the class that was
its product, the working class. Though a more coherent ideology than
conservatism, socialism has several markedly different strands. In order
to appreciate these, and the roots of socialism in a concrete historical
experience, we explore its
Demand-side abundance and its discontents in Hungary during the long
Consumer and consumerism under state
socialism: demand-side abundance
and its discontents in Hungary during
the long 1960s
Can consumption in state-socialist societies constitute a relevant
field for the student of social issues related to overflow situations?
So skeptical readers may wonder, and I cannot blame them. Of
course, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about
these societies is shortages rather than excesses, insufficiency rather
than plenty, a lack of almost everything rather than abundance.
Indeed, shortages and their
Too much pluralism, not enough socialism:
interpreting the unions–party link
A central object of Labour’s re-branding as ‘New Labour’ was to distance it from
its trade union affiliates (Gould 1998: 257–8). The relationship was tense before
and after the 1997 election, when Blair reduced the unions’ formal power in the
party, and restricted employment policy initiatives largely to his predecessors’
promises (Ludlam 2001). But discontent was limited by real union gains, and tension eased markedly between
The crisis of British social democratic political economy
From The Future of Socialism (1956) to
a future without socialism? The crisis of
British social democratic political economy
The national shift to the left, with all its implications for the balance of power,
may be accepted as permanent . . . Any Government which tampered seriously with the basic structure of the full-employment Welfare State would
meet with a sharp reverse at the polls . . . It is this which explains the otherwise curious phenomenon that the Conservatives now fight elections largely
on policies which twenty years ago were
3 Transnational formations of race before and during Yugoslav state socialism
In domains from the history of popular entertainment to that of ethnicity and migration, ideas of race, as well as ethnicity and religion, have demonstrably formed part of how people from the Yugoslav region have understood their place in Europe and the world. The region's history during, and after, the era of direct European colonialism differed from the USA's, France's or Brazil's; but this did not exclude it from the networks of ‘race in translation’ (Stam and
Republicanism, socialism and the renewal
of the left1
Recent soul-searching among the intellectual left has returned with increasing frequency and interest to implicitly or explicitly ‘republican’ themes
and arguments. As class identities fracture, and state ownership falls into
disrepute, republican conceptions of equal citizenship and the inherent
value of a ‘public realm’ have appealed to many as potentially productive
starting points for the left’s ideological renewal.
This is not an especially new idea. As early as 1991, an important
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Rever , J
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
This book argues that John Dewey should be read as a philosopher of globalization rather than as a 'local' American philosopher. Although Dewey's political philosophy was rooted in late nineteenth and early twentieth century America, it was more importantly about the role of America in a globalized world. The book highlights how Dewey's defence of democracy in the context of what he denotes as the Great Society leads him to confront the problems of globalization and global democracy. Then, it explores how Dewey's conception of creative democracy had global connotations. The book examines how Dewey problematized his own conception of democracy through arguing that the public within modern nation states was 'eclipsed' under the regime he called 'bourgeois democracy'. Then, it shifts the terrain of Dewey's global focus to ideas of global justice and equality. The book demonstrates that Dewey's idea of global democracy was linked with an idea of global equality, which would secure social intelligence on a global scale. It outlines the key Deweyan lessons about the problem of global democracy. The book shows how Dewey sets out an evolutionary form of global and national democracy in his work. Finally, it also outlines how Dewey believed liberal capitalism was unable to support social intelligence and needed replacing with a form of democratic socialism.