Dancing through depression: recession, the Left and cultural politics

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Andrew Pearmain
Date of publication
12 August 2008
Thinkpiece; 36
Social Policy
Social welfare
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This paper looks at the record of the British Left in the production and consumption of culture, how it’s affected by economic recession, and the prospects for left-wing cultural intervention in the context of the impending economic downturn.  It briefly reviews political history in times of economic recession, showing that in the 20th century these periods favoured the political right. However, recession seems to be much better for left wing culture, and the author suggests that there is something about periods of economic crisis which generates cultural opposition and an appetite for alternatives.

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