ON THE UNHOMING OF FAMILIAR THINGS

 What follows is from a forthcoming publication  with the above title by eyeglass books  which  contains extracts from my lockdown diary. 

Home is wherever what is to hand feels familiar and trustworthy. Unlike the Archbishop   cited by Lewis Carroll,  we instantly know what it is and where to find this or that . That sense of secure dwelling is often embodied in objects, which remain faithful to their location, unless some outside disruptive force intervenes.… Read the rest

The Pandemonic Dialogues

1. We don’t want to be  heroes, even for one day

We are not heroes. We do not want to be fallen  martyrs. All this war imagery  makes us very uncomfortable. It distract people from the reality. We are ordinary people who have chosen to  become  health workers and carers. We are professionals and highly trained. All we want is to be given the tools we need to do our job properly, to look after people in a safe environments.… Read the rest

There Must Be Some Way Out of Here

THERE MUST BE SOME WAY OUT OF HEREPolitical Mindfulness and Left responses to a multiple crisis
Edited by Phil Cohen
With contributions from Ruth Lister,Angela McRobbie, Dick Pountain, Michael Rustin, and Valerie Walkerdone
 

Taken together  the pieces assembled here  represent a thoughtful attempt to begin to  find a way out of the current impasse in which the Left finds itself, caught as it is   between the rock of  supporting authoritarian state control  with its top down one- size- fits- all solutions ( as represented by the Covid 19 lock down)   and the hard place of  blind faith in the People to come up with progressive solutions within civil society without the resources that only the state can provide for scaling them up. 

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Mapping the Pandemic

There Must Be Some Way Out of Here

MAPPING THE PANDEMIC FROM LEFT FIELD

PHIL COHEN

Published on line by Compass  Wednesday June 24 2020

This essay  looks at a  range of public, personal and governmental responses to the pandemic for what it tells us about the kind of society and culture we live in. Drawing on insights from anthropology and psychoanalysis a model of risk perception is outlined   and applied to understanding the forms of social solidarity which have been  invoked by the government’s confused and often contradictory  public health messaging.… Read the rest