professor of history, University of Exeter; author, Me, Me, Me? The Search for Community in Post-war England
Jon Lawrence teaches history at the University of Exeter and is a specialist on modern British social, cultural and political history. His latest book, Me, Me, Me? The Search for Community in Post-war England was published by Oxford University Press in June 2019. It uses the testimony of ordinary people collected since the 1940s to challenge conventional accounts of the death of community and the relentless rise of selfish individualism. His previous books include Speaking for the People: Party, Language and Popular Politics in England, 1867-1914 (1998), and Electing Our Masters: the Hustings in British Politics from Hogarth to Blair (2009). He has written for The Observer, The London Review of Books, and BBC History Magazine and has contributed to history programmes on Radio 4, BBC2 and Channel 4.
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Saturday 2 November, 12:00 Level 1 Members' Lounge
Is the death of community greatly exaggerated?