Discourses of Dissent Part 1 – Social Theory and the Politics of Austerity

Discourses of Dissent was a one day symposium organised by SI’s editor in February 2011. The website hosting them is soon to lapse so SI will be the new home for the videos from the day. In light of the coalition government’s austerity agenda and the emerging movement against it, Discourses of Dissent asked how academic research can help inform and sustain political resistance

A round table session 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 government’s 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 coalition’s 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 doesn’t the British public seem to care about inequality or the cuts in public spending?

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