British Cultural Studies: Geography, Nationality, and Identity / Edition 1

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British Cultural Studies includes over thirty essays written by expert contributors, covering almost every aspect of culture and identity in Britain today and addressing the current transformations of British culture and identity in the context of globalization. First dealing with different conceptions of Britishness and identity, the volume goes on to analyze the interplay between tradition and heritage in contemporary culture, and to look at the world of lifestyle groups and subcultures.

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"This book provides a stimulating and at times contentious overview of identity issues in modern Britain.... British Cultural Studies offers a valuable introduction to the vexing problems surrounding identity in Britain, its historical development, and the debates it continues to provoke among politicians, cultural producers, and scholars."—Albion
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198742067
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction: The National Culture in its New Global Context 1
Sect. I How British is it? Geographies of Identity 17
Introduction 19
1 British Cultural Identities and the Legacy of the Empire 27
2 'Englishness' and English National Identity 41
3 Rituals and Representations of Black 'Britishness' 57
4 British Asian Identities: Something Old, Something Borrowed, Something New 67
5 No Longer 'Ourselves Alone' in Northern Ireland 79
6 Scotland and the Union: Changing Identities in the British State 97
7 Welsh Politics in the New Millennium 109
8 Which Britain? Which England? Which North? 127
9 Rurality and English Identity 145
10 Britain, America, and Europe 157
Sect. II When Will We Be Modern? Culture, Tradition, and Heritage 171
Introduction 173
11 'Proper English' and the Politics of Standard Speech 181
12 Religious Culture in Contemporary Britain 195
13 The Mediated Monarchy 207
14 Everyday Royal Celebrity 221
15 Cartels and Lotteries: Heritage and Cultural Policy in Britain 235
16 Heritage Cinema and Television 249
17 Television and Culture: Duties and Pleasures 261
18 British Popular Music and National Identity 273
19 'Young British Art' in the 1990s 287
20 Writing Britains 305
Sect. III In the Place of Britishness? Lifestyles, Subcultures, and Cultural Politics 317
Introduction 319
21 Geographies of Consumption 327
22 Changing Cultures of Work: Employment, Gender, and Lifestyle 343
23 Good Girls, Bad Girls? Female Success and the New Meritocracy 361
24 Resignifying Masculinity: From 'New Man' to 'New Lad' 373
25 Gay Cultures/Straight Borders 387
26 Sport, Leisure, and Style 399
27 The Control of Space: Travellers, Youth, and Drug Cultures 417
28 Green Politics: Animal Rights, Vegetarianism, and Naturism 431
29 Against Enclosure: Rethinking the Cultural Commons 443
30 Blair and 'Britishness' 461
Endnote: To London: The City beyond the Nation 473
Afterword 495
Chronology 503
Index 511
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