Abstract

Abstract:

Brexit is often represented as a response to deep-seated regional, generational and cultural divides. An alternative is to view the rise of right-wing populism as a visceral reaction to a long experience of defeat. In the Marxist tradition, from The Eighteenth Brumaire to Walter Benjamin’s ‘On the Concept of History’, the event of defeat has often been a prompt to conjunctural thinking. Conjunctural analysis begins with the identification of a break, or what the historian Fernand Braudel calls a ‘structural discontinuity’. Following Stuart Hall’s method of conjunctural analysis, a ‘history of the present’ suggests that recognising this conjuncture as a moment of defeat is a necessary part of reinterpreting the past in order to change the future.

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ISSN
1741-0789
Print ISSN
0950-2378
Pages
pp. 64-77
Launched on MUSE
2021-04-02
Open Access
No
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