Wednesday 11 December 17:30 - 18:45

Jeffery Hall
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL

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Understanding the Social and Cultural Bases of Brexit

Family & Education

Understanding the Social and Cultural Bases of Brexit

Since the 2016 EU Referendum, two narratives have been prominent in the public debate surrounding the outcome of the vote. The first narrative sees Brexit as a revolt of the ‘economically left-behinds’, while the second narrative attributes Brexit to the resurgence of an English nationalism. In his lecture, Tak Wing Chan will use data from a large scale and nationally representative survey to evaluate these two narratives. He considers whether Brexit support is associated with neighbourhood deprivation, concentration of migrants, and exposure to to the 'Chinese import shock'. He will also assess how social class, social status, low income, and expressions of Britishness and Englishness shape ‘Leave’ or ‘Remain’ sympathies.

The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.


About the speaker

Tak Wing Chan is a Professor of Quantitative Social Science at UCL Institute of Education. He main research areas are social inequality and mobility, sociology of culture, and family demography. He is a deputy director of the UCL QStep Centre and has published papers on social mobility and wellbeing, family size and educational attainment, terrorist attack and labour market discrimination, among other topics.


Access Profile

  • There is step free access into the lecture theatre.
  • Wheelchair accessible toilets can be found on Level 4.
  • There is not fixed furniture within the lecture theatre.
  • This venue does not have working a hearing loop facility available.
  • BSL interpreters can be organised with advance notice.


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