Publisher: Pluto Press
Released: March 24, 2020
In 1990, John Major hailed "the classless society"; in 1997, New Labour announced that "we're all middle class now," yet we live in an age where food banks, pay day lenders, and zero-hour contracts proliferate: it's clear that class matters.
Foregrounding the economic nature of class, Split challenges the idea that class can be reduced to the cultural. From precarious labor to rising debt; from the housing crisis to environmental catastrophe; from an inflated prison population to the welfare state; Ben Tippet traces the class divide at the heart of all exploitation. Myth-busting meritocracy, he exposes the role that tax havens, colonialism and inheritance play in the wealth of the elite.
Split highlights the potential for a diverse and eclectic working-class bloc to fight back in an age of austerity and uncertainty.