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Contested Britain

Brexit, Austerity and Agency

Edited by Marius Guderjan, Hugh Mackay and Gesa Stedman

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25 Mar 2020

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256 pages

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978-1529205022

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234 x 156 mm

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Bristol University Press
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25 Mar 2020

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256 pages

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234 x 156 mm

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25 Mar 2020

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256 pages

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    A distinctive and original analysis of how the politics of the UK and the lives of British citizens have evolved in the first decades of the twenty-first century, this book provides an interdisciplinary critical examination of the roots, ideology and consequences of austerity politics, the Brexit vote and the rise of populist politics in Britain.

    Bringing together case studies and perspectives from an array of international researchers across the social sciences, it dissects the ways that the UK has become increasingly contested with profound difference of geography, generation, gender, ‘race’ and class, and considers agency as a key concept to understand the links between austerity and Brexit.

    Marius Guderjan is a Lecturer and Researcher at the Centre for British Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.

    Hugh Mackay is an Honorary Associate in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The Open University, UK.

    Gesa Stedman is a Professor at the Centre for British Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.

    Introduction: Austerity, Brexit and agency~Marius Guderjan, Hugh Mackay and Gesa Stedman;

    Part I: Austerity Culture and Policy: Impacts and Resistance;

    Austerity, the state and economic performance~Carlo Morelli;

    Austerity and public services in the UK~Simon Griffiths;

    Breaking Britain’s working class: The socio-cultural impact of austerity~Lisa McKenzie;

    Culture matters! Cuts in the cultural sector, their social consequences and resistance~Ingrid von Rosenberg;

    Legal aid reform and changes to justice financing in austerity Britain: A judicial system in crisis?~Steven Truxal;

    Part II: The Politics and Discourse of Brexit;

    Austerity and politics in Brexit-Britain~Maria Grasso and Tom Montgomery;

    A sovereign people? Political fantasy and governmental time in the pursuit of Brexit~John Clarke;

    Brexit populism: disenfranchisement and agency~Marius Guderjan and Adrian Wilding;

    Taking back control: Xenophobia, Brexit and restoration of national sovereignty~Kirsten Forkert;

    ‘Uni-culti’ myths and liberal dreams: On Brexit from the perspective of the margins~Magdalena Nowicka;

    Part III: Austerity and Brexit in a Divided Union;

    From Brexit…to the break-up of England? Thinking in and beyond nationalism~Allan Cochrane;

    Scottish divergence: Trapped between European and domestic politics~Klaus Stolz;

    Understanding Brexit in Wales: Austerity, controls and elites in a small nation~Hugh Mackay;

    Brexit and Northern Ireland: Differential solutions, special status or special arrangements~Paul Carmichael and Derek Birrell;

    More than the border? Looking at Brexit through Irish eyes~Kevin Bean;

    Conclusion: Agency and representation in turbulent times~Marius Guderjan, Hugh Mackay and Gesa Stedman.