Relocating England

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Manchester University Press, 2004 - Social Science - 223 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Relocating England
1
Politicalcultural identity
2
A development history
38
The project of Britain
49
British political discourse
81
Shock and price
106
First implications
116
The European Union project
130
discourses of England
157
discourses of Europe
179
subaltern dreams
204
Bibliography
209
Index
219
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Peter W. Preston has taught Politics in a number of universities in Europe and East Asia , and is currently at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

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