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The hard road to renewal : Thatcherism and the crisis of the left

Author: Stuart Hall
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 1988.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Collected here for the first time with a new introduction, these essays show how Thatcher has exploited discontent with Labour's record in office and with aspects of the welfare state to devise a potent authoritarian, populist ideology. Hall's critical approach is elaborated here in essays on the formation of the SDP, inner city riots, the Falklands War and the signficance of Antonio Gramsci. He suggests that  Read more...
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Named Person: Margaret Thatcher; Margaret Thatcher; Margaret Thatcher; Margaret Thatcher; Margaret Thatcher
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stuart Hall
ISBN: 0860911993 0860919153 9780860911999 9780860919155
OCLC Number: 18190628
Description: vii, 283 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Stuart Hall.

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Collected here for the first time with a new introduction, these essays show how Thatcher has exploited discontent with Labour's record in office and with aspects of the welfare state to devise a potent authoritarian, populist ideology. Hall's critical approach is elaborated here in essays on the formation of the SDP, inner city riots, the Falklands War and the signficance of Antonio Gramsci. He suggests that Thatcherism is skillfully employing the restless and individualistic dynamic of consumer capitalism to promote a swingeing programme of 'regressive modernization'. "The Hard Road to Renewal" is as concerned with elaborating a new politics for the Left as it is with the project of the Right. Hall insists that the Left can no longer trade on inherited politics and tradition. Socialists today must be as radical as modernity itself. Valuable pointers to a new politics are identified in the experience of feminism, the campaigns of the GLC and the world-wide response to Band Aid. --Back cover.

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