Out now: NLR 63, the May-June issue.
Some highlights include:
In this review of Peter Baldwin’s The Narcissism of Minor Differences, Mann questions whether, beneath the distinctions commonly perceived, Europe and America fundamentally resemble one another. Michael Mann is the author of Incoherent Empire.
Anatomy of the UK’s new crossbreed government, and the uneven electoral geography that produced it. Amid the ruins of New Labour’s economic model and spreading Euro-turbulence, what prospects for resistance to austerity’s impending axe?
Cinematic portraits of China’s breakneck social and economic transformation, as seen from street level at its provincial margins. Zhang Xudong on motifs of disappearance, demolition and mobility in the films of Jia Zhangke.
Contending visions of universality, from Kantian common sense to the doctrine of human rights. Can a constellation of singularities emerge within the standardization envisaged by globalized production? Prompts from Musil, Gursky and the carpet-weavers of Kuyan-Bulak.