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New Left Review — Issue 85 out now

James Mackey13 March 2014

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The January/February issue of New Left Review is now on sale featuring the following essays:

Göran Therborn: New Masses?

What social forces are likely to challenge the supremacy of capital in the coming decades? An assessment of potential bases of resistance—from traditional communities overrun by the global market to factory workers and an expanding yet amorphous middle class. 

André Singer: Rebellion in Brazil 

A sociological portrait of the protests that gripped the country in June 2013. Crossovers of class, ideology and generation on the major cities’ streets, as portents of deeper shifts under way.

Perry Anderson: Counterpuncher 

Retrospective on the liberated life and work of Alexander Cockburn, whose last book, A Colossal Wreck, completes a dazzling triptych. Shaping influences of family, place and political epoch on a singularly radical temperament, and the keen-edged prose in which it found expression.

Tor Krever: Dispensing Global Justice 

Protector of the weak or tool of the strong? Origins and evolution of the International Criminal Court, and its geopolitical tacking through a decade of imperial warfare.

Teri Reynolds: Dispatches from Dar

Realities of emergency medicine in Tanzania, and the process through which new facilities and existing systems mutually adapt to each other.

Thomas Piketty: Dynamics of Inequality

A leading French economist discusses the historical evolution of global wealth and income imbalances. After the levelling shocks of the 20th century, will the 21st bring a return to the longue durée dominance of inherited fortunes?

Joshua Berson: The Quinoa Hack

Staple of Andean diets long before the Spanish conquest, quinoa has lately become a global health-food commodity—with dubious results for Bolivia’s campesinos. Josh Berson maps out the limits of food justice pursued through consumerist techno-fixes.

NLR 85 also features the following book reviews:

Marcus Verhagen on Claire Bishop, Artificial Hells.

Antecedents and critical implications of the recent wave of participatory art.

William Davies on Jonathan Crary, 24/7.

Is slumber itself threatened by the advance of market forces?.

Dylan Riley on Ira Katznelson, Fear Itself.

Historical reframing of the New Deal for the age of Obama.

To access the new issue or to subscribe please visit the New Left Review.