New Narratives for Progressive Politics: Labour, Work, and Identity


Thu, 31/10/2013 -
12:00 to 14:00
Meeting Room A, Queen Elizabeth House


Indrajit Roy

Many academics, politicians and commentators have claimed that progressives lack a unifying narrative, in the wake of neoliberalism and the failure of Third Way politics, and in the light of sustained criticism of Marx.  Is this true? And what are some of the new narratives that might pave the way for a more promising future? This interdisciplinary discussion group, run by People's Political Economy, will explore these questions.  Each week we will take one new narrative, provide a summary of this narrative and a brief critique, before opening out into discussion.  We will be exploring work by Tony Judt, Nancy Fraser, David Harvey, and others, and will address key concepts such as the "lumpen proletariat" and "the precariat".   

Please send an email to Max Harris (, Ioannis Katsaroumpas ( or Indrajit Roy ( by Monday October 28 if you would like to take part in the discussion.  We will send out the first piece of reading by the end of Monday once you have signed up.

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