Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781529205022 Published May 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9781529205008 Published May 2020 For sale in North and South America only

Contested Britain

Brexit, Austerity and Agency

Edited by Marius Guderjan, Hugh Mackay, and Gesa Stedman

Contested Britain

Edited by Marius Guderjan, Hugh Mackay, and Gesa Stedman

Distributed for Bristol University Press

256 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781529205022 Published May 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9781529205008 Published May 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Contested Britain is a distinctive analysis of how the politics of the UK and the lives of British citizens have been reframed in the first decades of the twenty-first century. Bringing together researchers in the social sciences from the UK and Europe, this book goes beyond traditional approaches to provide a truly interdisciplinary account of Britain today. Its central focus is on the relationship between austerity, Brexit, and the rise of populist politics. The book seeks to explore and understand the Brexit vote, not only in its own right but also as an expression of wider political shifts in the UK, in particular around the experience of and responses to austerity. In doing this it shows how politics in Britain has become increasingly contested with profound difference of geography, generation, gender, race and class, as well as the emergence of a range of practices, institutions, and politics that challenge the hegemony of austerity.
Contents
Introduction ~ Marius Guderjan, Hugh Mackay and Gesa Stedman; Part I: The Politics and Culture of Austerity - Impacts and Resistance; The Contracting State: Austerity and Public Services ~ Simon Griffiths; Breaking Britain’s Working Class: the Left Out ~ Lisa Mckenzie; Political Activism and Agency under Austerity and Brexit ~ Tom Montgomery and Maria Grasso; Culture Matters: Cuts and Resistance ~ Ingrid von Rosenberg; Agents and Agency in the Face of Austerity and Brexit Uncertainty: the Case of Legal Aid ~ Steven Truxal; Part II: The Politcs and Discourse of Brexit; The Economy of Brexit: Performance, Interests and Agency ~ Carlo Morelli; Brexit Populism: Disenfranchisement and Agency ~ Marius Guderjan and Adrian Wilding; A Sovereign People? Political Fantasy and Governmental TIme in the Pursuit of Brexit ~ John Clarke; ’Not an International Health Service’: Xenophobia, Brexit and the Restoration of National Sovereignty ~ Kirsten Forkert; ’Uni-Culti’ Myths and Liberal Dreams: Brexit and Austerity from the Perspective of Migrants ~ Magdalena Nowicka; Part III: Austerity and Brexit in a Divided Union; From Brexit to ... the Break-Up of England? Thinking in and Beyond the Nation ~ Allan Cochrane; Understanding Brexit in Wales: Austerity, Elites and National Identity ~ Hugh Mackay; Scotland, Brexit and the Broken Promise of Democracy ~ Klaus Stolz; Brexit, Devolution and Northern Ireland’s Political Parties: Differential Solutions, Special Status or Special Arrangements? ~ Derek Birrell and Paul Carmichael; More than the Border? Looking at Brexit through Irish Eyes ~ Kevin Bean; Conclusion ~ Marius Guderjan, Hugh Mackay and Gesa Stedman;
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