Goodhart offers an impeccably sensible and decent exposition of how the political elites have failed their societies ... The book makes compelling reading both for voters and those who want to get elected by them -- Max Hastings, The Sunday Times [Goodhart] has written a book that is thoughtful, well argued and dangerously moderate. It may even be an incitement to independent thinking, The Times [A] provocative take on the UK's new tribal divisions ... And it broadly works ... The Road to Somewhere has the feel of a book whose timing ... is pitch-perfect -- Andrew Marr, New Statesman Goodhart's exploration of this underlying divide -- and the question of what might be done -- is not only timely but also offers an accessible, evidence-based and direct account of how these conflicts are reshaping the political world around us -- Matthew Goodwin, Financial Times Goodhart has clarity of argument and courage. He has been making these points for a decade and urging the mainstream to engage with them. He does not do fads, Observer Whatever other objections Goodhart's new book might provoke, few could call it irrelevant or untimely ... he returns to this most vexed terrain, picking his way through nettles and thorns that might deter thinner-skinned writers -- Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian [Goodhart] has written what may turn out to be the most sympathetic and insightful book about Britain's discontented masses -- Toby Young, The Spectator Mr Goodhart's book seems likely to inform the debate on what post-Brexit Britain should look like, The Economist This meticulously researched book ... enables us to imagine Brexit as a moment that could just prove to be the start of a national renewal, Prospect Challenging and illuminating -- Will Hutton. David Goodhart is the founding editor of Prospect magazine and one of the most distinctive voices on politics today. His The Road to Somewhere was a Sunday Times bestseller and lauded as the book 'likely to inform what a post-Brexit Britain might look like' (Economist). He is currently head of the Demography Unit at the think tank Policy Exchange, and was previously director of the centre-left think tank Demos.. LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2018 SUNDAY TIMES, GUARDIAN, TELEGRAPH AND ECONOMIST BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2017'A provocative take on the UK's new tribal divisions ... a book whose timing is pitch-perfect' Andrew MarrMany Remainers reported waking up the day after the Brexit vote feeling as if they were living in a foreign country. In fact, they were merely experiencing the same feeling that many British people have felt every day for years. Fifty years ago, people in leafy North London and people in working-class Northern towns could vote for a Labour party that broadly encompassed all of their interests. Today their priorities are poles apart. In this groundbreaking and timely book, Goodhart shows us how people have come to be divided into two camps: the 'Anywheres', who have 'achieved' identities, derived from their careers and education, and 'Somewheres', who get their identity from a sense of place and from the people around them, and who feel a sense of loss due to mass immigration and rapid social change. In a world increasingly divided by Brexit and Trump, Goodhart shows how Anywheres must come to understand and respect Somewhere values to stand a fighting chance against the rise of populism.
A Challenging Analysis of the Zeitgeist As an Anywhere Remainer I found many aspects of Goodhart's book difficult to swallow. Nevertheless, there is considerable merit in what he says and the well researched way in which he says it. I had to fight the feeling that the book was merely a means to assuage those who fear the neoliberal agenda, something that I think Goodhart dismisses too easily. The book is not simply rhetoric: it's wide ranging research and it's holistic analysis of economic, political and social factors make it a must read for anyone trying to understand why the UK (and other countries) is where it is. Goodhart dedicates his final chapter to solution. Unlike Mazzacuto, who provided an economic strategy in a page in the appendix to her book 'The Entrepreneurial State' the political will to implement Goodhart's solutions are unlikely to be championed by the main political parties in the UK. Although I disagreed with some of his work, I am glad I read it.
Excellent analysis As a baby-boomer, Lib Dem member, Remain voter, graduate Anywhere I found this book very well argued - it certainly challenged my view of the Brexit vote and the state of British politics. The passages on the need for technical education reform are especially well argued and urgently needed - I can't be the only one heartily sick of the obsession with getting as many kids as possible into a Russell Group university. This is a serious book which has much more to say than the old left/right slanging matches. As another reviewer has said, it should be required reading for all politicians.
Clear and Incisive The Road to Somewhere is one of the best politics books I've read in recent years. David Goodhart grapples admirably with the disconnect between the university educated elite (the Anywheres) who dominate public life, and the local rooted majority (the Somewheres). As a church minister, I was particularly struck by the disconnect between (often) highly educated ministers, and the need to serve in areas which will not share many of our cultural assumptions. A thought-provoking read!
somewheres and anywheres - and the divide between them This is an interesting book with lots of facts and analysis about the two groupings that the author has identified - mainly in the UK. People whose self identity comes from their education and achievements he calls 'anywheres' - they are attached to ideas and values, but much less so to any particular place. They are often very liberal and talk about social mobility a lot - because they have been socially mobile and think others should be like them. The other main grouping, the 'somewheres' are much closely aligned to a place and to the people in that place. Their self identity comes from being a part of that community, which they wish to preserve and often to celebrate. This divide underpins the divide around Brexit and in the USA the polarisation surrounding the election of Donald Trump. Very interesting stuff and well worth reading. Although the author self identifies as an ' anywhere' this book is sympathetic to somewhere values and concerns, and can be a little uncomfortable for anywhere readers as a result
Required reading for anyone in politics Enjoyed reading an explanation of the thinking behind people voting for Brexit; somewheres vs anywheres. Certainly should be read by all those in politics and 'the chattering' anywheres. Something needs to be done to reconcile the divergent parts of UK society. This book takes you out of your coccoon of reflected opinions which we all tend to inhabit - people like us, agreeing with us.
An important book The impressive reviews by other contributors (the most articulate I have ever seen for a book on Amazon) are testament to the brilliant analysis in this book. Whilst I do not agree with all rhe possible solutions in the last chapter, the earlier chapters have changed my way of thinking about a number of important issues, particularly Brexit.
Want to understand the new modern world? Goodhart's book offers a wide but nevertheless thorough and solid explanation not only to Brexit but to the sociological effects of most of the fundamental changes that have taken place in our new and "modern" world and to how these changes have come about. The book is based on reliable facts and quotes - no "fake news" in there. The list of references is long and explicit. However focused on the UK, its development and political life, the book and its content can easily be transcribed to most of the countries in northern and central western Europe by the interested reader.
A Guide-book for the 21st Century A must-read for anyone trying to navigate today's fractured social and political world. Mr Goodhart describes with remorseless clarity why today's schisms are not divided by class, political allegiance or wealth; instead there is a widening gulf between "Somewheres" and "Anywheres", people who embrace change, new challenges and diversity and those who cling to their rooted familiarities, who feel insecure in the face of rapid and sometimes incomprehensible changes affecting their lives. If you want to understand the tribalism of Brexit, this is where you'll learn about it. Since reading it I can see its truths reflected every day in the newspapers and on TV, and it helps me understand some of what's going on among the warring factions of today's society.
Excellent analysis of modern day UK Excellent analysis of modern day UK. It could have done with more graphical representations of data and some key messages, but overall a very worthy and insightful book.
Well balanced and compelling I rarely write reviews of anything that I’ve read, listened to or watched, but having just read The Road to Somewhere I felt compelled to. This is an extremely well balanced and thoughtful explanation as to how we ended up with the present situation in both UK and (although not majored on but clearly highly relevant) US politics. If you still identify yourself as firmly on the “Leave” or the “Remain” side in the EU debate or are just wondering why people just can’t agree, you should read this book to understand the views of the other sides It comprehensively with the history of divergence between the less rooted Anywheres and the more traditional Somewheres (providing an excellent explanation as to why my friends who have emigrated are almost always the most outspoken in their anger about Brexit whilst some of my friends in the north are so bemused why the EU is so popular with poorer folk in London). It covers the immigration question, disenfranchisement, the huge role of tertiary education, the evolution that has led to splits in the two major UK parties and in a brilliant penultimate chapter the question of the Family and UK Government policy on that. It explains why economics have played such a relatively insignificant role in the Debate (contrary to most political thinking). You’re probably bored of the Brexit debate however if you want to understand how we arrived in this present debacle then you can do much worse than get this book.
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