Notes from Below

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Notes from Below
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Notes from Below is a UK-based digital magazine, founded in 2018,[1] that publishes "workers' inquiries" and contemporary class analyses. The editors, including Jamie Woodcock and Callum Cant,[2] have modeled their work after the Italian journal Quaderni Rossi and early surveys about working conditions conducted by Karl Marx. Through the inquiries it publishes, the magazine promotes class consciousness and workerism.[3] The inquiries featured in the magazine have included workers at call centers, Amazon delivery centers, universities, tech companies,[4] and pubs and its coverage has focused on small, militant unions like the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain.[5]

In 2020, Notes from Below was awarded a grant from the Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust to produce a special issue.[6] Notes from Below had contributed to a 2018 University and College Union (UCU) pension strike by publishing bulletins and circulating an open letter in support of the strike.[5] Notes from Below members were later criticized in 2020 for misrepresenting ongoing UCU negotiations as undemocratic.[7]


  • Cant, Callum; Englert, Sai; Hughes, Lydia; Liu, Wendy; Marotta, Achille; Wheeler, Seth; Woodcock, Jamie (2020). "Notes from Below: A Brief Survey of Class Composition in the UK". In Ovetz, Robert (ed.). Workers' inquiry and global class struggle : strategies, tactics, objectives. London. pp. 174–194. ISBN 9781786806451.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  • James Butler, Jessica Thorne, Callum Cant and Seth Wheeler (18 March 2018). Notes From Below: No Politics Without Inquiry!. Novara Media. Retrieved 27 April 2021.

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  1. ^ "New journal: Notes from Below". Historical Materialism. 5 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  2. ^ Barry, Ellen (25 February 2019). "'Austerity, That's What I Know': The Making of a Young U.K. Socialist (Published 2019)". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Book Review: The Fight Against Platform Capitalism: An Inquiry into the Global Struggles of the Gig Economy by Jamie Woodcock". LSE Review of Books. 17 March 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  4. ^ Varghese, Sanjana. "Tech workers are organising – and asking what technology is actually for". New Statesman. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  5. ^ a b Allinson, Ian (17 November 2018). "Notes From Below: Workers' Inquiries #HM2018". rs21. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Workers' Inquiry in theory and practice". Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  7. ^ "A crucial week for the university strikes". rs21. 9 March 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2021.