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New Left Review I/219, September-October 1996

Michael Kenny

Interpreting the New Left: Pitfalls and Opportunites

Interpretation of the New Left raises a number of tricky historical and hermeneutical issues for the contemporary commentator. This current has always challenged conventional demarcations between intellectual matters and political life, and has experimented with different kinds of theoretical argument and political project. Accordingly, the New Left does not fit easily into the categories and disciplinary boundaries of the modern academy. Understanding both its history and ‘meaning’ are thus relatively complex exercises in which different levels of intellectual argument and political action need to be addressed.

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