Welcome To Everytown

A Journey Into The English Mind

Julian Baggini

Published: 3 March 2008
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 256 pages
ISBN: 9781862079984
£8.99

Overview

What do the English think? Every country has a dominant set of beliefs and attitudes concerning everything from how to live a good life, how we should organize society, and the roles of the sexes. Yet despite many attempts to define our national character, what might be called the nation's philosophy has remained largely unexamined until now. Philosopher Julian Baggini pinpointed postcode S66 on the outskirts of Rotherham as England in microcosm - an area that reflected most accurately the full range of the nation's inhabitants, its most typical mix of urban and rural, old and young, married and single. He then spent six months living there, immersing himself in this typical English Everytown, in order to get to know the mind of a people. It sees the world as full of patterns and order, a view manifest in its enjoyment of gambling. It has a functional, puritanical streak, evident in its notoriously bad cuisine. In the English mind, men should be men and women should be women (but it's not sure what children should be). Baggini's account of the English is both a portrait of its people and a personal story about being an alien in your own land. Sympathetic but critical, serious yet witty, Welcome to Everytown shows a country in which the familiar becomes strange, and the strange familiar.


About the author

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Julian Baggini is the founder of The Philosophers' Magazine. His books include Do You Think What You Think You Think? (with Jeremy Stangroom), What's It All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life, the best-selling The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten, The Ego Trick and The Virtues of the Table, all published by Granta Books. He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, as well as for the think tanks The Institute of Public Policy Research, Demos and Counterpoint. He has also appeared as a character in two Alexander McCall-Smith novels. His latest book, Freedom Regained, was published by Granta Books in 2015. His website is: www.microphilosophy.net More about the author


Reviews

‘Baginnin observes Rotherham closely and wittily’

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Reviews

‘Fascinating localised detail of the lives of ordinary British people ... sophisticated open-minded analysis’

‘Few set out to ask the ordinary English what they think. Baggini brings a refreshing empathy’

‘This is a thoughtful, sympathetic portrait of white working-class life which is essential reading’





 
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