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States of imagination

Newman, Janet and Clarke, John (2014). States of imagination. Soundings, 57 pp. 153–169.

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This article recontextualises the way we think of the state, and asserts its continuing importance for the left. It argues that we need to re-imagine the state as a site of contestation and compromise, not a monolithic entity. Social movements and new ideas can lead to new settlements within the state: there are therefore always political possibilities for change. The article draws on a range of newspaper headlines that show something of the current contradictory responses to the changing role of the state, as well as the affective dimensions of those responses. Many of these headlines point to continuing attachments to collectivity and solidarity in insecure times – 'residual attachments', marked by the continuation of questions that cannot be answered in the terms of the dominant market ideology. But they also express newer identifications and politics, and these point to the need for state to also adapt to emergent, more dialogic, forms of engagement.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Authors
ISSN: 1741-0797
Extra Information: A contribution to the Kilburn Manifesto
Keywords: The State; public governance; public discourse; Kilburn; neoliberalism; Publicness; security; social movements
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 41127
Depositing User: Janet Newman
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2014 16:08
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2020 19:00
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