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Nation on test: identity and belonging after the EU referendum

Written by Ash Amin FBA and Patrick Wright FBA

Fellows of the British Academy Ash Amin and Patrick Wright consider the national discontent that was exposed by the European Union referendum campaign, including anxieties related to Britain’s ‘sovereignty’ and place in the world, devolution, economic inequality and social exclusion, immigration, and economic and technological change.

In this paper, Professor Ash Amin and Patrick Wright consider how the UK might achieve a new and far more generous idea of the country we are and wish to become, suggesting five potential areas of common ground.

Read Profesor Tariq Modood FBA's response to this paper: More multiculturalism, but of the right sort. 

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Cohesive Societies

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