19:43, Thu 17 Feb 2011
A round table session from Discourses of Dissent (www.discoursesofdissent.com) exploring how social theory can help us understand the politics of austerity. How do theoretical justifications of austerity work to constrain public debate? How does the current governments incongruous blend of neoliberal realism and superficial progressivism relate to what went before it? What resources can we find in social theory to critique the coalitions agenda and its relationship to the wider crisis of late capitalism?
Ruth Levitas, University of Bristol The necessity of utopian thinking
Sasha Roseneil, Birkbeck, University of London Criticality, not paranoia: Registers of critical social theory
Karen Rowlingson, Institute of Applied Social Studies, University of Birmingham Why doesnt the British public seem to care about inequality or the cuts in public spending?
(MP3 format, 111:46, 102 MB