Alessandra Buonfino (ed.) & Geoff Mulgan (ed.)
Porcupines in winter: the pleasures and pains of living together in modern Britain
The Young Foundation, 2006, 302.1 BUO
German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once described human beings as being like porcupines in winter, huddling together for warmth, then pulling apart when their quills pricked each other, and constantly striving for the right balance between being together and apart. Looking at how modern Britons are negotiating this difficult balance, Porcupines in Winter maps out the state of the relationships that matter most in our daily lives in order to paint a compelling picture of how Britain has changed and of the challenges we face in creating stronger and more mutually supportive communities.
Exploring different places - from Grimethorpe and Shropshire to Glasgow and London's East End, and different communities - including Polish migrants and Jamaican transnational families, Porcupines in Winter presents a society not without great faults and problems, but is ultimatly a celebration of the diverse and changing faces of modern Britain. It is a varied and engaguing text that has been published to accompany the launch of the Young Foundation which has been set up to build on 50 years of pioneering social research and action led by Michael Young.
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