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Dean Blackburn

, ‘Varieties of Ideational Explanation’ in Andreas Gofas and Colin Hay (eds), The Role of Ideas in Political Analysis (London: Routledge, 2010), p. 50. Lawrence and Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, ‘Margaret Thatcher and the Decline of Class Politics’, p. 147. 8 Here I draw upon Raymond Williams’ cultural materialism. Williams, Marxism and Literature , p. 94. 9 Gavin Miller, ‘Psychiatric Penguins: Writing on Psychiatry for Penguin Books, c. 1950–c. 1980’, History of the Human Sciences , Vol. 28, No. 4 (2015), pp. 76–101. 10 Contemporaries often drew attention to the

in Penguin Books and political change
Madeleine Davis

to incorporate a concern with culture and humanism into his own reworking of Marxism as ‘cultural materialism’. He thus added to the New Left interpretation of labourism a more nuanced and sympathetic element, taking it beyond an orthodox Marxist approach. But though his analysis went further than those of other New Leftists in acknowledging the value of indigenous radical ideas, and the genuine human sources of some Labour Left thinking, Williams nevertheless shared with other New Left writers the view that the dominant traditions and internal structural logic of

in Interpreting the Labour Party