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What is British national identity and how do we get it?

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Abstract:

Seeks to refute common misunderstandings about the nature of identity – e.g. it is not a question of values and cannot be invented – and on this basis examines British identity in relation to contemporary politics. Concludes that the ingredients from which it was formerly constituted – empire, parliament, industry, royalty, the church of England – are either gone, in decline or transformed beyond recognition. It is no longer clear what a British identity could be based on. Free markets, multiculturalism and federalism are identified as particular problems.

Keywords: BRITISH NATIONAL IDENTITY; CAMERON; COMMON CULTURE; ENGLISHNESS; FEDERALISM; FREE MARKETS; HISTORY; IMMIGRATION; MILIBAND; MULTICULTURALISM; MYTH; NATIONAL VALUES

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3898/136266212803853545

Publication date: 2012-11-06

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