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Breaking Britain: Danny Dorling & Chantelle Lewis

Danny Dorling and Chantelle Lewis join Eleanor Penny to discuss the state of the British nation, amidst plummeting living standards and skyrocketing inequality.

23 November 2023

Breaking Britain: Danny Dorling & Chantelle Lewis

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This week on The Verso Podcast we’re bringing you a deep dive on how Britain’s institutions, infrastructure, and social fabric are faring - and the prognosis doesn’t look good. For this episode Chantelle Lewis and Danny Dorling join our host, Eleanor Penny, to talk public wealth, regional division and failed states.

A glance at recent British news is all that's needed to see things are not well in Albion. The sceptred isle is still one of the world's largest economies - but take a stroll around an average town in the UK and you’d be forgiven for forgetting that. Wealth isn’t so much trickling down as it is gushing into offshore accounts and CEO bonuses. Meanwhile the ruling party is busy fighting over meat taxes, imprisoning refugees, and pushing conspiracy theories in the press.

Danny Dorling is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oxford. His books include All That Is Solid, Population 10 Billion, So You Think You Know About Britain?, Rule Britannia: Brexit and the End of Empire, and Inequality and the 1%. His most recent title is Shattered Nation: Inequality and the Geography of A Failing State - published this September by Verso Books.

Chantelle Lewis is the Andrew Pitt Junior Research Fellow in Black British Studies at Pembroke College Oxford. She’s a public sociologist, a broadcaster, the co-host of The Surviving Society podcast, and the Deputy Director of Leading Routes. Her book Professor We See Things They’ll Never See, co-authored with Jason Arday, is forthcoming with Princeton University Press.

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Inequality and the 1%
Since the Great Recession hit in 2008, the 1% has only grown richer while the rest find life increasingly tough. The gap between the haves and the have-nots has turned into a chasm. While the rich ...
Shattered Nation
Britain was once the leading economy in Europe; it is now the most unequal. In Shattered Nation, leading geographer and author of Inequality and the 1% shows that we are growing further and further...

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