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Class Divides Uncovered

Ben Tippet

Series: Outspoken by Pluto

From 'scroungers' to 'strivers' we need a new class story.

How can we make sense of a world where we have both too many billionaires and too many foodbanks? We're supposed to go to university, forge a career, get wealthier, buy a house - but why is that so hard for most of us to achieve?

Split makes sense of our world by looking at class society - delving into the deep-rooted economic inequalities that shape our lives. From the gig economy, rising debt and the housing crisis that affects the majority of people, to the world of tax havens and unfair inheritance that affect the few…

Now is the time to fight back against the 1%.

Ben Tippet is an educator, activist, and writer. He is currently doing a PhD at the University of Greenwich, researching the causes of wealth inequality in the UK. He is a researcher for The Transnational Institute and has written for Novara, Stike! and Economy.

'More than a decade after the financial crisis, Split is a timely reminder of the most important divide that runs through the global economy, and how working people can organise to take back control of their lives. Clearly-argued, incisive and accessible, this book should be required reading for activists everywhere' - Grace Blakeley, author of 'Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation'

'This book is essential reading for making sense of society, digging into the realities of class for young people today. It shows how deeply Britain is shaped by class, while also charting out ways people can collectively change this' - Jamie Woodcock, co-author of 'The Gig Economy: A Critical Introduction'

'Neoliberal ideology hinges on the claim that class no longer matters - but as inequalities rise to unprecedented extremes, class divisions are now more prominent than ever. Split is packed with fresh insights into how class structures our world, and what we can do to build a fairer economy' - Jason Hickel, author of 'The Divide: Global Inequality from Conquest to Free Markets'

'Split is an essential introduction to the dimensions of class division that have shaped the modern world. If you want to understand why society has become ever more polarised, and how we might go about fixing it, read this book' - Laurie Macfarlane, Economics Editor at openDemocracy and co-author of 'Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing'

'Intelligent, lucid and engaging from beginning to end, Tippet's book is a must-read for those who want to learn the root cause of pervasive inequality that defines our world' - Brett Scott, author of 'The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money'

Introduction: Class is a Lucrative British Export
1. The Split: Capital and Labour
2. Work: Less is More
3. Gender: Please Mind the Gap
4. Money: Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?
5. Culture: From Class Conundrums to Class Ceilings
6. Environment: 'A Handful of Dust'
7. Housing: 'Can't Pay – We'll Take it Away'
8. The Authorities: Schools, Prisons and the Welfare State
9. Race: 'I Never Thought of Class Applying to Black People'
10. Solidarity: Confronting Class
Published by Pluto Press in Mar 2020
Paperback ISBN: 9780745340210
eBook ISBN: 9781786805966

144 pages

129mm x 198mm

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