POLITICS AFTER THE CRASH
FIFTH SOUNDINGS EVENT: POLITICS AFTER THE CRASH
10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 20 June 2009
120 Belsize Lane, London NW3
(nearest tube stations Belsize Park and Finchley Road)
Speakers include: LYNSEY HANLEY, MIKE KENNY (TBC), PAUL MASON, DOREEN MASSEY (TBC), JONATHAN RUTHERFORD, LEANNE WOOD
As the political fault lines of a new era take shape, what will be the defining politics of the next decade? In the wake of an era of social dislocation and rapid change one response will be a popular search for belonging and cultural familiarity. Our discussion will explore the popular reactions to the social fragmentation, inequalities and cultural destruction of ways of life that have resulted from the decades of economic restructuring as well as from the recession. This is already evident in the rise of the BNP in certain areas, and the alienation of younger generations from electoral politics. A new political culture will need to articulate the social goods that give security, meaning and value to people: home, family, friendships, good work, locality and imaginary communities of belonging. The way people give priority to these, and the reaction to the threats against them, will shape the post-crash political landscape.
Registration: £25 (includes an excellent lunch).
To reserve a place, go to: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/events/seminar5.html
Or send a cheque payable to ‘Soundings’ to FREEPOST, LON 176, London, E9 5BR (no stamp is needed). Places are limited so early booking is advisable.
10.30 - 11.45
Plenary 1: How the forces of global capital have been shaping people’s lives and livelihoods, with Paul Mason and Doreen Massey (tbc)
12pm to 1pm
Plenary 2: Culture and belonging in an insecure world
Lynsey Hanley, further speaker tbc
1pm – 2pm lunch
2pm – 3pm
Workshop 1: The appeal of the BNP and how to counter it (speaker tbc)
Workshop 2: Gangs, territory and class (speaker tbc)
3.30 – 4.30pm
Closing Plenary: political and policy engagement for a new socialism
Mike Kenny (IPPR) (tbc)
Leanne Woods (Plaid Cymru MWA)
For more information on Soundings go to: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/soundings/contents.html
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