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Welcome To Everytown: A Journey Into The English Mind [Kindle Edition]

Julian Baggini

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

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2202 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: Granta Books (4. Juli 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00D2JDNSC
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting insights, not at all predictable 17. Juni 2008
Von Jessica Weissman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
Julian Baggini, an egghead philosopher type who happens to write clearly and with humor, moved away from London to spend six months in the most ordinary (typical) spot in England.

This is the story of what he found, what people were like, and how he made some friends. But it is not the gee-whiz-people-are-human unconscious snob biography you might assume. He's got more interesting things to say, and includes enough statistical information to back up his insights. Contravenes lots of his assumptions, and probably yours too.

If you're an Anglophile you won't want to miss this one.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The modern English mind - or what passes for it 27. Juni 2010
Von Sirin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Julian Baggini is, on the face of it, a typical member of the liberal urban intelligensia. He makes his living writing philosophy. Also, he is a single man in his late 30s who does not seem bound like so many people to a particular place, community or family.

All of which makes him an ideal candidate to go somewhere very different - not the Kayapo tribe in the Amazon rainforest, but somewhere virtually as alien to a man such as Baggini - S66, Rotherham, statistically the most 'typical' town in Britain.

He lives there for 6 months, imbibing the habits, opinions, lifestyles of a typical resident. Rather than highbrow journals, books and philosophy magazines he reads the Sun, News of the World and Daily Mail. Instead of a holiday in Athens or the South of France he goes to Spain - and finds the Brits congregating in a bar where the food is English, the pub quiz is in English and, needless to say, the language is English.

The people Baggini meets are not, mostly, the poor (of which there are still too many), but people who have in recent generations become more affluent, but still retain their working class habits and cultures. This explanation I found very compelling to explain much about how the British live and think.

Baggini goes into wide ranging territory: nightclubs, package holidays, bingo nights, ramblers meetings. You can tell he finds much of it uncomfortable. One thing he does not do is get a job, which I think would have given him insight into the ballast that beds down much of this lifestyle.

Overall conclusions are not too surprising - the English 'philosophy', as far as there is one is largely empiricist: preferring experience rather than trusting reason. 'Common sense' is a prevailing attitude, which often is little more than a series of inherited assumptions.

Baggini's journey is an illuminating exploration into what many English people find familiar. They should read his book, if only to develop a little metacognitive reflection into why they live their lives as they do.
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