Keynote slides: Practical Politics and Place in the 19th century
new towns reading list
right to stand on the pavement
New Lives New Landscapes Revisited: Rural Modernity in Britain
select bibliography on new social movements, urban commons, and anti-globalisation protest
BBC Radio 4 Analysis, ‘what’s the point of street protest?’
East London primary sources
The Cuckoo Cage at Womad 2022
MERL OSS lantern slide exhibition now online
still from Operation solstice film showing police at stonehenge

select bibliography on new social movements, urban commons, and anti-globalisation protest

Urban commons

  • Alberto Melucci and Leonardo Avritzer, ‘Complexity, Cultural Pluralism and Democracy: Collective Action in the Public Space’, Social Science Information, 39: 4 (2000), 507-27.
  • A.  Jeffrey, C. McFarlane and A. Vasudevan, ‘Rethinking Enclosure: Space, Subjectivity and the Commons’, Antipode, 44: 4 (2012), 1247-67;
  • M. Hardt and A. Negri, Commonwealth (2009);
  • Nicholas Tampio, ‘Assemblages and the Multitude: Deleuze, Hardt, Negri and the Postmodern Left’, European Journal of Political Theory, 8: 3 (2009), 383-400.
  • Zofia Łapniewska, ‘Solidarity and Mutual Aid: Women Organising the ‘visible hand’ Urban Commons’, Gender, Work and Organisation, 29: 5 (2022);
  • Tom Gillespie, Kate Hardy and Paul Watt, ‘Austerity Urbanism and Olympic Counter Legacies: Gendering, Defending and Expanding the Urban Commons in East London’, Environment and Planning D, 36: 5 (2018);
  • Paul Chatterton, ‘Building Transitions to Post Capitalist Urban Commons’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 41 (2016), 403-15. 
  • Arthur Feinberg, Amineh Ghorbani and Paulieu Herder, ‘Diversity and Challenges of the Urban Commons: a Comprehensive Review’, International Journal of the Commons, 15: 1 (2021), 1-20. 

Anti-globalisation/environmental/anti-war protests

  • Rebecca Binns, ‘It’s Your World Too, You Can Do What You Want’: the Role of Subcultural Activism in Stop the City Protests (1983-01984) and Its Implications for Political Protest in Britain’, Contemporary British History, 37: 1 (2023), 63-88
  • Graham St John, ‘Protestival: Global Days of Action and Carnivalised Politics in the Present’, Social Movement Studies, 7: 2 (1008), 167-190
  • Stephen E Hunt, ‘The Echoing Greens: the Neo-Romanticism of Earth First! and Reclaim the Streets in the UK’, Capitalism Nature Socialism, 24: 2 (2013), 83-101
  • Justus Uitermark, ‘Looking Forward by Looking Back: May Day Protests in London and the Strategic Significance of the Urban’, Antipode (2004), 706-27
  • Derek Wall, Earth First! and the Anti-Roads Movement (Routledge, 1999)
  • Maria Nita and Sharif Gemie, ‘Counterculture, Local Authorities and British Christianity at the Windsor and Watchfield Free Festivals (1972–5)’, Contemporary British History, (2019)
  • George McKay, DiY Culture: Party and Protest in Nineties Britain (Verso, 1998)
  • George McKay, Senseless Acts of Beauty: Cultures of Resistance since the Sixties (Verso, 1996)


Operation Solstice documentary:

Reclaim the Streets film:

Do or Die magazine issues 1-10:

Sparrows Nest archive:

Left.overs archive (incl May Day Rooms, Sparrows Nest):

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