Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind

Welcome to Everytown A Journey into the English Mind What do the English think Every country has a dominant set of beliefs and attitudes concerning everything from how to live a good life how we should organize society and the roles of the sexes Yet d

  • Title: Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind
  • Author: Julian Baggini
  • ISBN: 9781862079984
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
  • What do the English think Every country has a dominant set of beliefs and attitudes concerning everything from how to live a good life, how we should organize society, and the roles of the sexes Yet despite many attempts to define their national character, what might be called England s national philosophy has remained largely unexamined until now Philosopher Julian BagWhat do the English think Every country has a dominant set of beliefs and attitudes concerning everything from how to live a good life, how we should organize society, and the roles of the sexes Yet despite many attempts to define their national character, what might be called England s national philosophy has remained largely unexamined until now Philosopher Julian Baggini pinpointed an area on the outskirts of Rotherham as England in microcosm an area which reflected most accurately the full range of the nation s inhabitants, its most typical mix of urban and rural, old and young, married and single He then spent six months living there, immersing himself in this typical English Everytown, in order to get to know the mind of a people It sees the world as full of patterns and order, a view manifest in its enjoyment of gambling It has a functional, puritanical streak, evident in its notoriously bad cuisine In the English mind, men should be men and women should be women but it s not sure what children should be Baggini s account of the English is both a portrait of its people and a personal story about being an alien in your own land Sympathetic but critical, serious yet witty, Welcome to Everytown shows a country in which the familiar becomes strange, and the strange familiar.

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    1. I'd kind of like to give this 3.5 stars. It's an interesting read, and very accessible given the book's subject. It's engaging and well written but I did have two issues with it.The first is that the author does tend to come across as a bit snobbish, and while he often tries to play this down by saying "who's to say whether I'm right or they are?" it seems to be accompanied by a silent "I am, but look how magnanimous I'm being by allowing this to be questioned". Interestingly, I found him most s [...]

    2. There is lots of to admire about this book. I agreed with the author’s observations about British ‘conservative communitarianism’ and the chapter on Brits abroad was spot on. However, I couldn’t help but find the whole tone quite condescending, despite the author’s best intentions. Baggini does quite a good job examining his own assumptions and prejudices but can’t quite escape the trap of sounding too much like a smug Guardian commentator, which I guess is what he is. This is worth [...]

    3. subtitled 'A Journey Into the English Mind' In 2005, Baggini spent 6 months in Rotherham S66, which he identified as the most representative English town, in terms of its social and demographic mix. He then sought toe explore English 'folk philosophy'. The outcome is an interesting book, which gives one pause to think about some of teh stereotypes we hold and re-examine them.

    4. A fascinating study of the average English person.The author has immersed himself in a very average English setting, watching the most popular TV programmes, reading the most popular newspapers, much of the time eating the most popular English foods, etc, etc. I am amazed he didn't go mad.Anthropology on our doorsteps.

    5. More reportage than analysis. Baggini does an adequate job of describing the mores and attitudes of a Rotherham suburb, though questions have to be asked as to just how typical any place can really claim to be. The S66 postcode may be very median in respect of statistics but South Yorkshire is not, I would venture to say, a place that is typical of anywhere other than South Yorkshire.

    6. Really interesting. I found myself agreeing with his analysis on a lot of points. It was also good to find someone who doesn't fit with the majority and wants to understand why, without going down the 'they're wrong' route. Helpful too, made me feel less of an oddball.

    7. Very enjoyable read. Baggini really has a knack for making philosophy accessible to a wider readership. Particularly enjoyed the chapter about taste - should be read by anyone who uses criticising the davinci code as short hand for proving how intelligent they are.

    8. This book was somehowlessan I expected. The observations were spot on, but somehow the book overall seemed repetitive and as though something was missing.

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