Brexit, emotion work and everyday family relationships


Dr Katherine Davies launches new research exploring how the UK’s 2016 referendum on the European Union has been experienced within family relationships.

Drawing upon data generated as part of a qualitative interview-based study funded by the British Academy between 2017 and 2019, the paper outlines the silences, arguments, debates and conversations that people are having in their everyday family relationships in reaction to Brexit and the political debates surrounding it. British media outlets have commonly described the UK as a nation divided by Brexit, yet we know very little about what this means for people in their everyday lives and relationships. This paper unpacks the trope of ‘divided Britain’ by considering how Brexit is lived in everyday family relationships.

Interviews with both ‘remainers’ and ‘leavers’ from different generations reveal that, despite often disagreeing with their family members about Brexit, people expend a great deal of effort and skill in avoiding divisions within their family.

Speaker: Dr Katherine Davies, Research Leader at the UK in a Changing Europe Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Sheffield

Venue: Room HWG/05, Harold Wilson Building, University of Huddersfield

Date and time: Tuesday 18 June, 1:15pm to 2:15pm

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