Holiday hedonism in Ibiza; White working class voters

Holiday hedonism - Laurie Taylor talks to the criminologist, Daniel Briggs, about his study into young British tourists' risk taking behaviour in Ibiza. From drug taking to prostitution, violence and injury. What leads these holidaymakers to engage in deviant, even dangerous behaviour when abroad?
Also, Nathan Manning discusses his research into the meaning and causes of white, working class political disaffection. He interviewed low wage workers in Yorkshire and the NorthWest, areas where support for the far right British National Party and low voter turnout indicate alienation from mainstream politics. He's joined by Professor of Politics, Michael Kenny.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

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Daniel Briggs

Professor in Criminology, Escuela de Derecho, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad Europea



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Deviance and Risk on Holiday: An Ethnography of British Tourists in Ibiza
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN-10: 1137022396
ISBN-13: 978-1137022394

Nathan Manning

Research Fellow at Centre for Applied Social Research, University of Bradford



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Abstract: ‘Them that runs the country don't know what they're doing’: political dissatisfaction amongst members of the white working class’

Mary Holmes, Nathan Manning
DOI: 10.1111/1467-954X.12033
The Sociological Review
Volume 61, Issue 3, pages 479–498, August 2013

Michael Kenny

Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London



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The Politics of English Nationhood
Publisher: OUP Oxford (Mar 2014)
ISBN-10: 019960861X
ISBN-13: 978-0199608614

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