- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Hurst; 1 edition (July 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849047995
- ISBN-13: 978-1849047999
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.2 x 5.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"No one has thought more deeply about the relationship between solidarity and diversity in the twenty-first century than David Goodhart. In The Road to Somewhere, he transcends the rhetoric of populism and globalism to make a compelling case for a new vision of community.' -- Michael Lind, author of The Next American Nation
"[Goodhart's] mission is to convince liberals of the 'underlying decency' of Somewhere ideas, to counteract nastier versions of populism ... Mr Goodhart's book seems likely to inform the debate on what post-Brexit Britain should look like."--The Economist
"[A] provocative take . . . The Road to Somewhere has the feel of a book whose timing . . . is pitch-perfect. --New Statesman
"'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, Guardian
"David Goodhart offers the best and most complete explanation I've seen for why things seem to be coming apart in so many countries at the same time. If the leaders of Britain and the EU had read The Road to Somewhere twenty years ago, things might look very different today."-- Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind
"Shrewd and thoughtful . . . 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, Sunday Times
"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
"The existential conflict of our times is not between left and right nor between 'open' and 'closed.' As David Goodhart shows, it is between 'people from Somewhere' and 'people from Anywhere.' This brilliant book will radically change your idea of what is to be progressive in the twenty-first century."- Ivan Krastev
"[Goodhart] has written a book that is thoughtful, well argued and dangerously moderate. It may even be an incitement to independent thinking."--The Times, London
"'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."--The Observer, London
"[Goodhart] has written what may turn out to be the most sympathetic and insightful book about Britain's discontented masses."--Toby Young, The Spectator
"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
"A thought-provoking analysis of the social division between footloose, educate'Anywheres' and socially and geographically rooted 'Somewheres' - a cleavage that Goodhart argues is driving the rise of populism in the UK and Europe." - Gideon Rachman, The Financial Times
"Brief and lucid... [In The Road to Somewhere] you sense a spirit of fairness and a capacity for self-criticism-and that, surely, is what [its] liberal Anywhere readers need so badly."--Wall Street Journal
"Advocating from a left-of-center stance, Goodhart advises the dominant liberal class to address the resistance to the perceived challenge to identity and rootedness lest the populists make ever greater political gains." -- R. P. Peters, Senior Lecturer of Political Science, Univeristy of Massachusetts, Associate of Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, CHOICE
About the Author
David Goodhart is the founding editor of Prospect magazine and one of the most distinctive voices on British politics today. He is currently head of the Demography, Immigration and Integration Unit at the think tank Policy Exchange, and was previously director of the center-left think tank Demos. His last book The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-War Immigration (2013) was runner-up for the Orwell Prize in 2014 and was a finalist for "Political Book of the Year" in the Paddy Power Political Book Awards. David voted remain in the EU referendum and has been a mainly inactive member of the Labour Party since he was a student.
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I'm pleased to say that David Goodhart's book is considerably better than that: it's well-written and quite a page-turner, despite a fair degree of repetition and the occasional splash of necessary but dry statistics.
Goodhart is open-minded, understands Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion on the differing moral foundations of liberals and conservatives, and sees how much light this sheds into his 'Anywheres' and 'Somewheres' distinction. And although he never leaves the outer boundaries of the liberal paradigm, he does acknowledge innate differences in cognitive, personality and gender attributes (normally denied by liberals) and sees atomised individualism for the fanciful illusion it is.
Using an approach grounded in history, economics and sociology, his book details the damage that decades of neoliberalism has done to the fabric of non-elite life across the world. Goodhart's 'Anywheres' are deliberately myopic about this - they either do not care or think it's actually positive.
He makes a further very telling point: with the demise of the mass-unionised manufacturing sector, the elites are no longer afraid of the diminished and fragmented working class. They pursue their own agendas with impunity.
Those chickens finally came home to roost with Brexit, Trumpism and the generic rise of 'populism'.
Goodhart is keen to propose a political solution. He favours policies for strengthening technical education, controlling permanent immigration and improving integration, reinforcing the family and encouraging job/career opportunities for the 'non cognitive-elite'. You can already hear the condescending insults of the 'Anywheres' to such 'reactionary tosh'. His general approach is what Tony Smith's Globalization: A Systematic Marxian Account (Historical Materialism Books (Haymarket Books)) would probably call 'the social state', a recasting of 1950s social-democracy for the modern age.
Goodhart is detailed and descriptive, but with insufficient analysis as to why the extraordinarily silly ideas of the 'Anywheres' (expressed most clearly and absurdly in the 'political correctness' of 'social justice warriors') have become the entrenched ruling ideology of the age.
The answer is surely that they happen to express the entrenched interests and practices of the globalised elites themselves. With such powerful economic buttresses, coolly rational critical thinking from people like David Goodhart has hitherto found little purchase. Any influence he may yet develop will depend upon the 'populist' masses in motion - which do seem to be unsettling the elites, judging by their reactions. So although I read the book with much interest, I didn't feel in the end much of a wow-factor, as if I had suddenly understood the world in a new and more profound way.
It's more like David Goodhart, Ambassador to the 'Somewheres' from the 'Anywheres', returned to write down his considered thoughts, careful not to appear to have gone native.