First published in 1989, United Kingdom? examines the three main divisions in British society in the post-war period: class, race and gender. During the 1980s there was an increasing concern about deep, and often bitter, divisions in British society. Events such as the miners’ strike of 1984-5, the riots in Handsworth, Tottenham and Brixton, and the women’s peace camp at Greenham Common all demonstrated the opposing views and cultures of the British public. However, the UK at the time was also able to show remarkable and continuing stability in other areas.

This book considers to what extent the United Kingdom really was a kingdom united from the post-war period to the late 1980s. It focuses on issues of cohesion and conflict and debates the security of essential social stability.

chapter |10 pages


Forces of conflict

part |66 pages


chapter |26 pages

Reform and reaction

chapter |17 pages

Two gears of class

chapter |21 pages

The mechanics of non-change

part |82 pages


chapter |27 pages

Making sense of racism

chapter |26 pages

A quiet fire

part |79 pages


chapter |28 pages

Out of the ideal home

chapter |22 pages

Shaping moulds

chapter |20 pages

The feminist solution

chapter |7 pages


Potential and prohibition