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VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, 26th Floor
Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
Author: The Road to Somewhere
Founder of Prospect magazine; Head of Demography, Policy Exchange
To read a summary of this event click here
The recently published The Road to Somewhere addresses the issue of the divisions in British society in regards to Brexit. The outcome of the referendum has been viewed as one of the biggest upsets in modern British politics and was a clear example of democratic defiance by one side of the political spectre. The views and wishes of the liberal urban elite were pushed aside, and the more populist, patriotic, and rural wave won through.
The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with author David Goodhart, who will present and discuss the thesis of his newly released book. According to Goodhart, the societal division in regards to Brexit was split into two main camps: the so-called “anywheres” and the “somewheres”. The former group is well educated, mobile and dominate culture and society. They cherish fluidity, openness, and movement. The latter “tribe”, as Goodhart refers to them, are usually more well-rooted, generally less well-educated, and prefer group attachments and security. While the elite, liberal tribe sees the world from “anywhere”, the other only sees it from “somewhere”. The book agues for the fact that there is an identity divide between the two. The anywheres have “achieved” identity themselves – based on their own education and career successes. The someheres however, have been “ascribed” an identity – one based on ethnicity, gender, and geographical location. Goodhart will discuss the effect this has had on the UK so far, and what effect it may continue to have.
**N.B. Copies of The Road to Somewhere will be available on the day, CASH ONLY.**
David Goodhart is a journalist, author and think tanker—currently head of the demography unit at the Policy Exchange think tank. He is the founder and former editor of Prospect magazine and the former director of the centre-left think tank Demos. His book “The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-War Immigration” was runner up for the Orwell book prize. In his new book the Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics, Goodhart identifies new socio-political tribes that help to explain the Brexit vote and the rise of populism.