Fractured

WHY OUR SOCIETIES ARE COMING APART - AND HOW THEY CAN BE PUT TOGETHER AGAIN

Jonathan Yates

June 2021 Proposal Political Science

In this book, Yates draws on the very latest research in psychology and the social sciences to explain the reasons why such deep fractures have emerged in our societies.

He combines this analysis with a wealth of stories and vignettes that demonstrate in vivid detail the ways in which our societies have become segregated, so that most people spend more and more time with people just like them, and less and less time with people who are different — as defined by race, or class, or education, or a range of other factors.

But Fractured is ultimately an optimistic book, containing a multitude of examples of how powerful and effective people are when they’re united in diversity. He accepts that the pandemic has exposed our divisions but argues it has also created an opportunity for us to come together. For the health of our democracy, our society, and our economy, we need to take it. Fractured declares that we must forge a new Common Life – a new set of common practises and institutions — that can strengthen the glues that connect our societies, in all their diversity. The time to act is now.