Brexit is the Graveyard of Post-Industrial Britain: Ethnography as Eulogy for East-London and England

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Abstract

This paper positions the Brexit vote relative to a long-standing history of urban post-industrial alienation and the more recent
creation of a moral crisis about migration. The paper explains how this unique combination of historical factors was sufficient to
destabilise the authority of the British government in the European Union Referendum of 2016, and throw it off centre. It draws
on ethnographic research conducted recently in East London, in the Borough of Barking and Dagenham, to reveal the everyday
struggles of lives in the post-industrial, post-colonial urban neighbourhoods of London.
Keywords: Postindustrial. London. Brexit. Migration. Labour Party.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-573
Number of pages14
JournalEthnologie Française
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2020

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