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Maya Goodfellow and Alex Niven 'Hostile Environment'

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Maya Goodfellow and Alex Niven will be introducing their new books 'Hostile Environment' and 'New Model Island'.

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Blackwell's is delighted to welcome Maya Goodfellow and Alex Niven, who will be in conversation together exploring their books 'Hostile Environment' and 'New Model Island'. Focusing on Britain now as we know it, Maya and Alex will be discussing immigration policy, English identity and the need for change.

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Hostile Environment - How Immigrants Became Scapegoats

How migrants became the scapegoats of contemporary mainstream politics

The UK government proudly calls the aim of its immigration policy to be the creation of a “hostile environment, ” while refugees drown in the Mediterranean and Britain votes to leave the EU against claims that “swarms”of migrants are entering Britain. Meanwhile, study after study confirms that immigration is not damaging the UK’s economy, nor putting a strain on public services, but immigration is blamed for all of Britain’s ills. Yet concerns about immigration are deemed “legitimate” across the political spectrum, with few exceptions. How did we get here?

Maya Goodfellow offers a compelling answer. Through interviews with leading policy-makers, asylum seekers, and immigration lawyers, Goodfellow illuminates the dark underbelly of contemporary immigration policies. A nuanced analysis of the UK’s immigration policy from the 1960s onwards, Hostile Environment links immigration policy and the rhetoric of both Labour and Tory governments to the UK’s colonial past and its imperialist present. Goodfellow shows that distinct forms of racism and dehumanisation directly resulted from immigration policy, and reminds us of the human cost of concessions to anti-immigration politics.

Maya Goodfellow is a writer, researcher and academic. She has written for the New York Times, Guardian, the New Statesman, Al Jazeera, the Independent, Labour List and Media Diversified. She is completing a PhD at SOAS, University of London.

New Model Island - How to Build a Radical Culture Beyond the Idea of England

A provocative text examining the strange feeling of emptiness and soullessness at the heart of English identity — an emptiness that arises ultimately from British capitalism and imperialism.

In the early twenty-first century, “Englishness” suddenly became a hot topic. A rash of art exhibitions, pop albums and coffee table books arrived on the scene, all desperate to recover England’s lost national soul. But when we sweep away the patriotic stereotypes, we begin to see that England is a country that does not — and perhaps should not — exist in any essential sense.

New Model Island encourages us to think about new ways of dividing up our islands without merely recycling the national myths of the past. Rejecting outdated nationalisms, Alex Niven Niven argues for a renovated model of culture and governance for the islands — a fluid, dynamic version of regiona lism preparing the way for a new “dream archipelago”.

Alex Niven is a writer and editor from Northumberland. Formerly assistant editor at New Left Review and currently lecturer in English at Newcastle University, his books include Folk Opposition and Definitely Maybe 33 1/3. His writing has also appeared in, The Guardian, The New Statesman, The Independent, Pitchfork and LA Review of Books.

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