Kearon, AT and Mahoney, I (2018) Social quality, Brexit and Stoke-on-Trent. International Journal of Social Quality, 8 (1). pp. 1-20. ISSN 1757-0344

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In this article, we seek to provide a social quality–led analysis of some of the conditions that led to the UK population’s collective decision to leave the European Union in June 2016. We draw on interview data collected between 2010 and 2012 to argue that while not predictable, the seeds of the Brexit vote are well rooted in the conditions experienced by many of the working classes in Britain’s most deprived postindustrial communities. We argue that the ongoing decline in economic security, effective enfranchisement, social inclusion, and social empowerment have all had profound consequences for working-class communities and that the outcome of the Brexit vote was rooted, at least in part, in their subjective experiences and disenchantment forged in this ongoing decline.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Berghahn Journals at Please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brexit, disenfranchisement, populism, marginalization, social quality, Stoke-on-Trent, working class
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2018 09:19
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2021 10:43

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