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Lawrence & Wishart

Lawrence & Wishart

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Lawrence and Wishart was founded in 1936 and we are proud to have emerged as one of the few remaining independent publishing houses in Britain. We started life through the merger of Martin Lawrence, the Communist Party's press, and Wishart Ltd, a family-owned liberal and anti-fascist publisher. For over 80 years, we have remained true to our founders' leftist political leanings, even as our offerings have evolved to follow intellectual trends, such as critical marxism in the 1970s and cultural studies in the 1980s. Since the 1990s L&W has established a strong reputation as a publisher of journals. We now publish a number of journals, all of which attempt to engage critically with contemporary political culture in a range of different ways.


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Acceptable Face of Feminism

The Women's Institute as a Social Movement

by Maggie Andrews

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Actuality of Walter Benjamin

edited by Laura Marcus and Lynda Nead

Although Benjamin’s place in the canon of twentieth-century critical theorists is now established, the boundaries of his work still resist classification and demarcation. His writings, including the best known collection Illuminations, remain an uneasy but thrilling combination of the actual and the mystical, of Marxism and messianic utopianism. This collection shows how extraordinarily substantial were the theoretical footholds which Walter Benjamin supplied: Irving Wohlfarth on historical understanding versus historicism, Zygmunt Bauman on Benjamin the intellectual, Sigrid Weigel on feminism and cultural analysis, Gillian Rose on Benjamin and the sources of Judaism and Martin Jay on the use of imagery in Benjamin’s novels.

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Ada Salter

Pioneer of Ethical Socialism

by Graeme Taylor

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After Identity

by Jonathan Rutherford

Once associated with the politics of liberation, identity has since become a more private and individualistic affair: about what we buy and how we look. This book is about rethinking the idea of the individual and ethical life ‘after identity’. It addresses these questions in a series of essays – on being an individual; why people fear and hate asylum seekers; memories of England; masculinity and the war on terror; climate change and ecological ethics; and the revolution in ageing.

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After Neoliberalism?

The Kilburn Manifesto

edited by Stuart Hall, Doreen Massey & Michael Rustin

This book brings together in one volume the contributions made to the public debate around the Kilburn Manifesto - a porject that seeks to map the political, economic and cultural contours of neoliberalism. The manifesto opens with a framing statement and each essay then analyses a specific theme or issue - race and immigration, gender and class, the relational society, energy and so on. The contributors call into question the neoliberal order itself and find radical alternatives to its foundational assumptions.

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Antonio Gramsci Reader, The

edited by David Forgacs

This reader is a comprehensive selection of Gramsci's writings in one volume including his most important political, cultural and historical work. The collection focuses on key concepts - such as hegemony, passive revolution, civil society, common sense - and important texts on Americanism and Fordism, popular culture, intellectuals, and the Modern Prince. Essential for all scholars and students of Gramsci and modern politics, it includes a glossary, bibliography and introduction.

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Antonio Gramsci: Selections From Cultural Writings

Edited by David Forgacs and Geoffrey Nowell-Smith

Gramsci’s writings on culture have been hugely influential for western critical thinking during the last fifty years. This volume brings together a wealth of these writings, ranging from appreciations of theatre, literature and other forms of artistic production to notes that break new ground in cultural theory. Gramsci was interested in both popular and high-art culture, and the writings in this selection include his reflections on Futurism as well as the detective novel as a genre, on linguistics and journalism, on ‘national-popular’ culture and folklore. The volume’s extensive introductory material and explanatory notes offer useful background information on the wider context of Gramsci’s work

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Arthur Horner

Vol 1 1894-1944

by Nina Fishman

Arthur Horner (1894-1968) was a British miners’ leader from the 1926 general strike to his retirement as general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers in 1959. During his life he played a crucial role in the fight for a national mineworkers union, and in the development of the National Coal Board. He was a champion of the Republicans in Spain and was imprisoned several times for his political views. Coming from a working-class family, and being forced through poverty to leave school at the age of eleven, Horner devoted his life to the struggle for socialism. He was a committed communist, but was also able to exercise effective leadership in a major trade union committed to social democratic principles, playing a key role in the social democratic settlement after the Second World War. This biography, in two volumes, documents the contribution Horner made to trade unionism, and to the creation of a social democratic commonwealth in postwar Britain.

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Arthur Horner

Vol 2 1944-1968

by Nina Fishman

Arthur Horner (1894-1968) was a British miners’ leader from the 1926 general strike to his retirement as general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers in 1959. During his life he played a crucial role in the fight for a national mineworkers union, and in the development of the National Coal Board. He was a champion of the Republicans in Spain and was imprisoned several times for his political views. Coming from a working-class family, and being forced through poverty to leave school at the age of eleven, Horner devoted his life to the struggle for socialism. He was a committed communist, but was also able to exercise effective leadership in a major trade union committed to social democratic principles, playing a key role in the social democratic settlement after the Second World War. This biography, in two volumes, documents the contribution Horner made to trade unionism, and to the creation of a social democratic commonwealth in postwar Britain.

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Bolshevism, Syndicalism and the General Strike: The lost

Part 3 The Lost World of A.A. Purcell

Written by Kevin Morgan

This, the third and final volume of Kevin Morgan’s widely acclaimed series Bolshevism and the British Left, centres around the figure of Alf Purcell (1872-1935), who was one of the leading personalities in the British and international labour movement. Purcell was most famous as one of TUC ‘lefts’ of the 1920s. He was Labour MP for both the Forest of Dean and Coventry, as well as being the founder of a working guild in the spirit of guild socialism, the controversial president of the International Federation of Trade Unions and the man who moved the formation of the British communist party. A sometime syndicalist and associate of Tom Mann, his experiences in the militant Furnishing Trades gave rise to the uncompromising trade-union internationalism which features so centrally in these chapters. With the squeezing of his syndicalist approach, as the labour movement polarised into Labour and communist currents, Purcell died a politically broken figure. Morgan uses Purcell’s biography to explore wider controversies – among them the rival modernities of Bolshevism and Americanism; the reactions to Bolshevism of anarchists like Emma Goldman; and the roots of political tourism to the USSR by British labour delegations in which Purcell featured so prominently. The volume also includes a major challenge to existing interpretations of the general strike, which it compellingly presents, not as the last fling of the syndicalists, but as a first and disastrously ill-conceived imposition of social-democratic centralism by Ernest Bevin.

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