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Warning! the Times We Knew Were Coming Are Here

Brexit and Trump have made clear that we are in the beginning of a battle that is about life itself.

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Brexit and the Failure of Pre-emptive Reconciliation: A study of the General Data Protection Regulation

By Daniel Neyland and Sveta Milyaeva Introduction As Britain faces up to a post European Union future, commentators and politicians compete and sometimes struggle to explain the result of the referendum. Against a backdrop of warnings of the detrimental effect of an exit from the IMF[1] and World Bank[2], opinion polls too close to call […]

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Brexit: How Do We Reimagine?

By David Beer In a recent piece in OpenDemocracy, Mary Fitzgerald suggested that in the wake of the EU referendum it is time to reimagine Europe. This, she argues, requires us to be open in drawing upon a range of perspectives. The current malaise would certainly lend itself to such a rethink. Yet there is an […]

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Brexit: Brace yourselves for Rising Racism and Islamophobia

By Sadia Habib The campaign for Britain to Exit (Brexit) from the European Union has now been firmly established as one that promoted racialised rhetoric ruthlessly and without any concern for the consequences. What does this mean for the multicultural conviviality in the postcolonial cities in Britain? Even before the result was declared on Friday, social […]

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What After Brexit? We Don’t Know, and If We Did, We Wouldn’t Dare Say

By Jana Bacevic In dark timesWill there also be singing?Yes, there will be singingAbout the dark times. – Bertolt Brecht Sociologists are notoriously bad at prediction. The collapse of the Soviet Union is a good example – not only did no one (or almost no one) predict it would happen, it also challenged social theory’s dearly-held assumptions about […]

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Brexit – is this Schrödinger’s neoliberalism?

By Liz Morrish The day after what the BBC has been calling a seismic event is bound to feel rather numbing. Twitter was filled with people saying how their timeline had not prepared them for this. Like me, many were connected to other left-leaning, progressive internationalists, and so had felt entitled to discount what they […]

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The Working Class and Vote Leave

By Catherine Price We have voted to leave the European Union and the Brexit side has won. For many working class people this vote was about more than the European Union. It was a chance to be heard when their voices had been lost. For me as a PhD student at university, I was torn […]

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Darkness over Europe

By Jessamy Perriam Last weekend I co-organised a group of Goldsmiths Sociology PhDs meeting at Cumberland Lodge in the days immediately after the referendum result. Suffice it to say, the mood was reflective in light of this. A handful of us spent time at the Lodge last year and at the time naively found the […]

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The Larger Lessons of Intergenerational Conflict from the Brexit Vote

By Steve Fuller Shortly after it was announced that those in favour of leaving the European Union had won the UK referendum, I was among the first to pounce on the fact that attachment to the European Union directly varied with age cohort: The older the voter, the lower the attachment. And the fact that […]

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Brexit: Turkeys Voting for Christmas?

By Lisa Mckenzie An earlier version of this article stated that the total turnout in the referendum on leaving the European Union was 38 million. This was incorrect and the figure has been corrected. For 30 years in the UK academics, political and community activists, trade unionists, and even religious groups have warned, argued, evidenced, threatened […]

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Brexit and the Necessity of Knowing Europe

By Lorenza Antonucci If you are looking for a fresh perspective out of the trite arguments put forward during the post-referendum debate, it is time to pay attention to what happens in (the rest of) Europe. Paradoxically, this is the only way to truly understand Brexit. Will Davies wrote an excellent piece on the sociology of […]

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Thinking and Acting Sociologically After Brexit

By Lambros Fatsis In the wake of Brexit, the country has experienced a radical shake-up which revealed what happens when sharp social divisions are allowed to fester uncontrollably for far too long. Such cleavages in society may lurk quietly in the background, or even pass unnoticed for a while, but soon enough become impossible to […]

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Vote Brexit, or Capexit!

By Susan Robertson June 23rd, 2016 is etched on the nation’s memory, not only because it was a day when the pollsters, punters and polis would have their respective says and day of reckoning, but somehow life in the days that followed quite literally felt as if the earth had been jolted from its axes […]

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From the UK Referendum to the US Election: Class, Race and History

In this podcast our Digital Fellow Mark Carrigan speaks to Gurminder K. Bhambra about the common threads uniting the UK referendum and the US election: Originally posted 9th December 2016

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Class Analysis in the Age of Trump (and Brexit): The Pernicious New Politics of Identity

By Gurminder K Bhambra Class has come increasingly to the fore in explanations of outcomes of the UK referendum on leaving the EU and the US Presidential election. Much of this commentary has been prefaced with a criticism of the privileging of identity politics over socio-economic inequality. As a consequence, the white working class, the […]

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