By Jeremy Gilbert

ISBN-10: 1845202309

ISBN-13: 9781845202309

What does 'anticapitalism' relatively suggest for the politics and tradition of the twenty-first century?

Anticapitalism is an idea which, regardless of going international, is still rooted within the neighborhood, persisting as a unfastened selection of grassroots routine and activities. Anti-capitalism must advance a coherent and cohering philosophy, anything which cultural conception and the highbrow legacy of the recent Left can assist to supply, significantly during the paintings of key radical thinkers, corresponding to Ernesto Laclau, Stuart corridor, Antonio Negri, Gilles Deleuze and Judith Butler.
Anticapitalism and Culture argues that there's a powerful courting among the novel culture of cultural stories and the hot political routine which try and face up to company globalization. certainly, the 2 want one another: when conception can form and direct the large range of anticapitalist activism, the power and sheer political engagement of the anticapitalist stream can breathe new lifestyles into cultural studies.

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For example, immigration from poor countries to rich ones is a phenomenon which is directly encouraged by the global deregulation of both travel and labour markets, and will tend to produce the effect of both raising the real wages of immigrants while lowering the general cost of labour in the host countries. For neoliberal economists this is an all-round win-win situation. Conservative resistance to immigration is therefore not to be encouraged from such a perspective. Conversely, there is no reason for social conservatives to support an overall economic programme which, like that of neoliberalism, tends to disrupt the coherence of established communities.

In the process it provoked the biggest internal split in its history, and performed so poorly at the ballot box that it seemed unlikely that there could ever be a Labour government again. The left had temporarily won control of the party, but they had failed dismally to win over the country, and indeed they appeared to have lost sight of that objective altogether. The disastrous consequences of this strategy were brought home a year later when the National Union of Mineworkers went on strike in protest against government plans effectively to run down the British coal industry.

The ideas set out so allusively and often incoherently in his prison notebooks seemed at once to offer a more satisfactory theoretical framework for doing cultural studies than had been available before, and to offer justification for the importance of cultural studies’ intellectual project to the wider left. Gramsci had worked as a journalist and newspaper editor as well as a full-time political organiser, and in his notebooks he wrote explicitly about the value of undertaking a systematic study of contemporary popular culture with the aim of better understanding the political terrain of mass democratic politics and intervening in it more effectively.

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