Relocating England considers the implications of the rise of the European Union for the ways in which people in the UK think of themselves as political actors. The book considers whether the elite ideas of 'Britain/Britishness' might be breaking down, thereby opening up the possibility of a broadly based re-animation of the ideas of 'England/Englishness'. Such a political-cultural project would imply great changes within the UK: democratisation, Europeanisation and modernisation. It is a threat to the elite, but it is an opportunity for the 'ordinary English'. The book follows in the footsteps of those scholars who have criticised the conservatism of the UK political establishment, their obsession with the 'special relationship with the USA' and their blithe disregard of the benefits of the mainland model of progressive social market democracy.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
A development history
The project of Britain
British political discourse
Shock and price
Other editions - View all
activity agents American argues Britain British celebration central centre century circumstances civil claims clear cold concern construction contemporary context continued countries cultural debate demands democracy discourse discussions domestic early East economic elite empire England English established Europe European European Union example experience expression familiar future Germany global groups ideas identified identity ideology individual industrial institutional involved issue Italy liberal lives London looked mainland mass matters memory move nature networks noted offered official organizations particular past patterns period person political political-cultural popular population post-war practice present realm reform relationship response role routine ruling Second shaped shift social society sphere structural success tion trade tradition understanding University Press wider Wright