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Northern exposure: race, nation and disaffection in “ordinary” towns and cities after Brexit


This project comprised a large scale social science study of four classic ‘red wall’ locations in the North of England, running 2019-22, that looked at questions of community relations, economic marginalisation, and political disaffection in the aftermath of Brexit and during the COVID crisis.

The project built a unique database of oral history testimonies, supported by local and grounded ethnographies of localities, local authorities and voluntary sector organisations, as well as large scale film documentary work, that may enable a decisive rethink of simplified understandings of Brexit, political disaffection in so-called ‘left behind’ locations, and of the population of the North of England.

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