1997

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1997

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Author :   Richard Power Sayeed
Publisher :   ZED BOOKS LTD
Published :   15/10/2017
ISBN :   9781786991997
Format :   Paperback
Pages :   304
Size (mm) :   198x129x28
Weight (g) :   330

'Beautifully written, brilliantly insightful'
Owen Jones
Tony Blair and Noel Gallagher shaking hands at No. 10.
Saatchi's YBAs setting the international art world aflame. Geri Halliwell in a
Union Jack dress. A time... Read more

'Beautifully written, brilliantly insightful'
Owen Jones
Tony Blair and Noel Gallagher shaking hands at No. 10.
Saatchi's YBAs setting the international art world aflame. Geri Halliwell in a
Union Jack dress. A time of vibrancy and optimism: when the country was united
by the hope of a better and brighter future. So why, twenty years on, did that
future never happen?
Richard Power Sayeed takes a provocative look at this
epochal year, arguing that the dark undercurrents of that time had a much more
enduring legacy than the marketing gimmick of 'Cool Britannia'. He reveals how
the handling of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry ushered in a new type of
racism. How the feminism-lite of 'Girl Power' made sexism stronger. And
how the promises of New Labour left the country more fractured than
ever.


This lively, rich and evocative book explores why 1997 was a turning point for British culture and society - away from a fairer, brighter future and on the path to our current malaise.