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Brexit and the working class on Teesside: moving beyond reductionism

Telford, L. and Wistow, J. T. (2020) 'Brexit and the working class on Teesside: moving beyond reductionism.', Capital and class., 44 (4). pp. 553-572.

Abstract

Too often members of the working class who voted to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum have been framed as uneducated and unaware of their own economic interests. This paper, based on 26 in-depth face-to-face interviews and a further telephone interview on Teesside in the North East of England, offers an alternative perspective that is more nuanced and less reductionist. The paper critiques some of the commonly heard tropes regarding the rationale for voting leave, it then exposes how leave voters rooted their decision in a localized experience of neoliberalism’s slow-motion social dislocation linked to the deindustrialisation of the area and the failure of political parties, particularly the Labour Party, to speak for regional or working-class interests.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1177/0309816819873310
Publisher statement:This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:30 July 2019
Date of first online publication:16 September 2019
Date first made open access:29 April 2022

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