Relocating Britishness

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Stephen Caunce
Manchester University Press, Nov 27, 2004 - History - 275 pages
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Ideas about what it is to be British have recently become subject to change and discussion. The end of Empire, the loss of world power status, the collapse of old industrial communities, the decline of Protestantism, and the rise of nationalism in Wales and Scotland, have all served to change the perception of what it is to be British. This book offers a range of original perspectives on how Britishness might be constructed at the turn of the millennium, and where it might be going. It pulls together the disciplines of history, art history, cultural studies, film and television studies, sociology and politics. Looking at Britishness from a variety of geographical perspectives, from the English regions to the United Kingdom as a whole, the contributors incorporate ideas from sport to sculpture, from Belfast to Blackpool, and from James Bond to Barbara Taylor Bradford.
  

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Contents

Relocating Britishness and the breakup of Britain Jon Cook
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New Labour Britain and
38
Blackpool and the varieties of Britishness John K Walton
53
Family social class and politics in the films of Mike Leigh
71
Football and the crisis of British identity Jeffrey Richards
88
Whats happening to England? Twentiethcentury cricket
110
masculinity
126
Who dies if England live? Masculinity the problematics
148
subversive images of the Second World
167
a gendered heritage? Reading women
183
Welsh national identity and the British political process
196
The Orange Order and representations of Britishness
217
Filmic representations of the BritishIrish conflict since
237
the northern television
252
Index
267
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Stephen Caunce is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Central Lancashire.

Ewa Mazierska is Lecturer in History at the University of Central Lancashire.

Susan Sydney-Smith is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Central Lancashire.

John K. Walton is Professor of Social History at the University of Central Lancashire.

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