Making sense of Brexit – new book by Professor Victor J Seidler

Vic1After the shock decision to leave the EU in 2016, what can we learn about our divided and increasingly unequal society and the need to listen to each other? This engaging and accessible book addresses the causes and implications of Brexit, exploring this moral anger against political elites and people feeling estranged from a political process and economic system that no longer expressed their will.
Seidler argues that we need new political imaginations across class, race, religion, gender and sexuality to engage in issues about the scale and acceleration of urban change and the time people need to adjust to new realities. He suggests we need to listen to people’s concerns not only about the impact of immigration and globalization on their lives but also about the injustice of a capitalist economy that makes them pay through austerity and cuts in social welfare for a financial crisis they were not responsible for. He imagines alternative futures that will allow different generations to still appreciate themselves as Europeans with a future in Europe.

Making sense of Brexit
Victor J. Seidler
Democracy, Europe and
uncertain futures
“What hope for us now Brexit has brutally exposed the chasm
between us in class, generation and region? Victor Seidler
shows the price we paid for inequality – and how to repair the
damage.” Polly Toynbee, The Guardian
PB £14.99 978-1-4473-4520-6 EPUB £14.99 978-1-4473-4522-0 ALSO AVAILABLE ON AMAZON KINDLE
“In Making Sense of Brexit Seidler persistently urges us to suspend our assumptions and genuinely attend to the diversity of voices of anger and hope responding to neoliberal capitalism?s injustices. Seidler cogently highlights the potential of a politics of voice, and crucially, the urgency of the ethical project of listening.”
Shani Orgad, London School of Economics and Political Science
January 2018

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“Seidler has done a terrific job at surveying the process and
impact of Brexit. He has mined some of the best journalism
from the time and then applied his own uniquely prescient
analysis of the social and emotional forces that have been
unleashed.” Andrew Bethell

 

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