From Out of Apathy to the post-political: the spatial politics of austerity, the geographies of politicisation and the trajectories of the Scottish left(s)

Featherstone, D. (2019) From Out of Apathy to the post-political: the spatial politics of austerity, the geographies of politicisation and the trajectories of the Scottish left(s). Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, (doi: 10.1177/2399654419885706) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

This paper offers an alternative approach to some of the temporalising logics and imaginaries which have dominated debates around the post-political and post-democracy. It does this through engaging with the writings of figures associated with the ‘First New Left’ notably Stuart Hall and E.P. Thompson between 1956 and 1962. I argue that their essays in texts such as Out of Apathy bear some striking similarities with the claims of literatures relating to post-politics and post-democracy. Their work I argue repays substantive engagement; however, because through its attentiveness to emergent practices and geographies of antagonism, it offers a more generative and politically strategic resolution to some of the common discontents of consensus and marketisation of politics that has characterised work on post-politics. The paper develops these arguments through a discussion of how the uneven geographies of politicisation and trajectories of the Scottish left(s) in different parts of the post-war period have shaped and impacted on the spatial politics of austerity in significant ways.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Featherstone, Dr David
Authors: Featherstone, D.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
Publisher:SAGE
ISSN:2399-6544
ISSN (Online):2399-6552
Published Online:11 December 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Author
First Published:First published in Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 2019
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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