prof. Danny Dorling | Failing neo-liberalism: How Britain developed from a shining social and economic example to a near failed state.
|Tu 19-12-2023 16:00 - 17:30
|Gadourekzaal, Grote Rozenstraat 19, Groningen
In this lecture, world-renowned Prof. Danny Dorling will discuss his latest book, 'Shattered Nation: Inequality and the Geography of a Failing State.'
From leading nation to near Failed State
Britain was once the leading economy in Europe; it is now the most unequal. In Shattered Nation, visiting sites across the British Isles and exploring the social fissures that have emerged, Danny Dorling exposes a new geography of inequality.
Middle England has been hit hard by the cost-of-living crisis, and even people doing comparatively well are struggling to stay afloat. Once affluent suburbs are now unproductive places where opportunity has been replaced by food banks. Before COVID, life expectancy had dropped as a result of poverty for the first time since the 1930s.
Fifty years ago the UK led the world in child health; today, twenty-two of the twenty-seven EU countries have better mortality rates for new-borns.
No other European country has such miserly unemployment benefits; university fees so high; housing so unaffordable; or a government economically so far to the right.
In the spirit of the 1942 Beveridge Report, Dorling identifies the five giants of twenty-first-century poverty that need to be conquered: Hunger, Precarity, Waste, Exploitation, and Fear.
He offers powerful insights into how we got here and what we must do in order to save Britain from becoming a failed state.
About prof. Dorling
Danny Dorling is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, Oxford. He appears regularly on TV and radio, and writes for the Guardian, New Statesman and other papers. He advises government and the UK Office for National Statistics.
Among his books are
All That Is Solid; Population 10 Billion; So You Think You Know About Britain?
Injustice. His work concerns issues of housing, health, employment, education and poverty.