Cultural studies

Trouble then transformation

When Xi Jinping was anointed as the country’s leader and the Communist Party’s General Secretary in 2012, he announced that his would be the era of “The Chinese Dream”, a...

  • CHASING THE CHINESE DREAM

    Nick Holdstock

  • A VILLAGE WITH MY NAME

    Scott Tong

  • CHINA IN DRAG

    Michael Bristow

Cultural studies

Life without literature is death

Readers’ Liberation belongs to The Literary Agenda, a series of “short polemical monographs” examining the social importance of reading and literature. Jonathan Rose’s contribution may indeed be short, but it...

  • READERS’ LIBERATION

    Jonathan Rose

Cultural studies

Fashion show by Tekbir Giyim, Istanbul, 2008

Second skin

Emma Tarlo explores the complex and thriving world of Islamic fashion

  • PIOUS FASHION

    Elizabeth Bucar

Cultural studies

India’s installation at the London Design Biennale “Utopia by Design”, Somerset House, London, 2016

Good place is no place

Chloë Houston on the tough job of reclaiming the idea of utopia in the twenty-first century

  • UTOPIA

    Thomas More

  • UTOPIA FOR REALISTS

    Rutger Bregman

  • NEWS FROM NOWHERE

    William Morris

  • DYSTOPIA

    Gregory Claeys

Cultural studies

Bernie Madoff outside the Federal Court, New York, 2009

Doing their business

Tyler Cowen on the evolution of poor practice

  • FRAUD

    Edward J. Balleisen

Cultural studies

“Memory For Forgetfulness”, 2015, by Reem Bassous

Sorry, what were you saying?

Katy Guest on the ways modernity ignores the past in favour of the future

  • FORGETFULNESS

    Francis O’Gorman

Cultural studies

A house destroyed by arson in Parksley, VA, 2014

Make America hate again

Economic decline and outbreaks of arson

  • AMERICAN FIRE

    Monica Hesse

Cultural studies

Alice Waters in the kitchen of Chez Panisse, 2014

The discovery of good taste

On the sentimental education of Alice Waters, one of American’s most revered chefs

  • COMING TO MY SENSES

    Alice Waters

Cultural studies

Oyster po’boy from America: The cookbook

Around the world in fifty plates

A road-trip through American food culture

  • AMERICA

    Gabrielle Langholtz

Cultural studies

Teenage kicks

Lorna Scott Fox on the confused and creepy modernist attitude to young women

  • LOST GIRLS

    Linda Simon