Introduction

Pages1-8
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-78769-435-420181001
Publication Date06 Dec 2018
AuthorNigel Culkin,Richard Simmons
INTRODUCTION
Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an
appeal to the essence of being.
Camus (1956)
Brexit for some, is a rebellion against globalism and the European and
domestic political establishment, and for others a desire for a return to a
world of certainties, or may be an expression of hope for improvement with
a leap into an unknown future. All these sentiments convey a feeling that
something in society is implicitly broken and needs xing; a feeling that has
grown signicantly since the 2008 Financial Crisis.
Todays society is uid as to how social groups both form and dissolve.
Social and broadcast media, advertising and many other inuences now
engender the rapid formation and dissolution of social groups. In the Brexit
context, both groups Leave and Remain feel their group and therefore
their nation will winif their policies are followed. Leavers were told it is
possible to leave the European Union without a cost and gain signicant
longer-term rewards, whilst Remainers were told that to Leavewill come
with substantial costs and few, if any rewards.
This book is about teasing out strategies and actions that deliver hope for
economic improvement, realise sustainable social balance and where possible
avoid social and/or disruption costs. The implicit assumption in this
approach is that Take Controlshould not mean Create Chaos. In doing
this, we draw upon three underlying threads.
First is the need to understand why people who voted Leavedid so; the
juxtaposition of which is what do they want to change to make their lives
better? Second, we seek to unpack experiences from the past and see what
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