Identity, Belonging & Citizenship in Urban Britain

by Les Back

18 May 2018
Originally published in our Old Blog.

In this CUCR podcast Les Back talks to Steve Hanson and Ben Gidley about their new report with Sunda Ali Identity, Belonging & Citizenship in Urban Britain (CUCR, 2018).  This study of UK cities was conducted before the Brexit vote but in many respects it anticipated its outcome.  In this report they argue that urban spaces  can be characterised on a continuum with ‘English cities’ at one end and British cities at the other.  They also talk about the politics of Englishness and urban multicultural conviviality and what makes a good city.

The full report can be downloaded for Free here and copies are available from directly from

Steve Hanson’s book Small Towns, Austere Times: The Dialectics of Deracinated Localism is available from Zero Books.

Les Back is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Director of CUCR.