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Britishness, Identity and Citizenship

McGlynn, Catherine / Mycock, Andrew / McAuley, James W. (eds)

Britishness, Identity and Citizenship

The View From Abroad

Series: British Identities since 1707 - Volume 2

Year of Publication: 2011

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. VIII, 354 pp.
ISBN 978-3-0343-0226-5 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.520 kg, 1.146 lbs

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Book synopsis

This volume is an exciting contribution to debates about identity and citizenship both in the UK and elsewhere. By examining the view from abroad, through popular cultural transmission, education, and travel and migration, the transnational nature of Britishness and the political and cultural dynamism of the concept and its contemporary relevance becomes apparent. The multi-layered relationships uncovered in this work have historically shaped both the transmission and reception of Britishness and continue to do so. The international group of contributors, from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, synthesise contemporary and historical debates about Britishness to offer a vital breadth to a debate that is becoming increasingly narrow and introspective in the UK.


Contents: Catherine McGlynn/Andrew Mycock/James W. McAuley: Introduction - Britishness, Identity and Citizenship: The View from Abroad – Charles V. Reed: Respectable Subjects of the Queen: The Royal Tour of 1901 and Imperial Citizenship in South Africa – Antoine Mioche: Britishness: The Imperial Vision of William Knox (1732-1810) – Angela McCarthy: Scottishness and Britishness among New Zealand’s Scots Since 1840 – David Levey: National Identity and Allegiance in Gibraltar – Elleke Boehmer/Sumita Mukherjee: Re-making Britishness: Indian Contributions to Oxford University, c. 1860-1930 – Meenakshi Sharma: The Empire of English and Its Legacy: A Citizenship of the Mind – Francoise Ugochukwu: From Nwana to Adichie: Britishness goes Full Circle in Nigerian Literature – Karine Tournier-Sol: Britishness and European Integration since 1997 in the French Press – Kath Woodward/David Goldblatt/James Wyllie: British Fair Play: Sport across Diasporas at the BBC World Service – Amy von Heyking: ‘Proud to call themselves Englishmen’: Representations of Britishness in Twentieth Century English-Canadian Schools – Thomas Thurnell-Read: ‘Here Comes the Drunken Cavalry’: Managing and Negotiating the Britishness of All-Male Stag Tours in Eastern Europe – A. James Hammerton: ‘Thatcher’s Refugees’: Shifting Identities among Late Twentieth Century British Emigrants – Ben Wellings: The English in Australia: A Non-Nation in Search of an Ethnicity? – Tamara Van Kessel: ‘Britishness’ as promoted by the British Council in the 1930s and 1940s – Alan Sears/Ian Davies/Alan Reid: From Britishness to Nothingness and Back Again: Looking for a Way Forward in Citizenship Education – Andrew Mycock/Catherine McGlynn/Rhys Andrews: Understanding the ‘History Wars’ in Australia and the UK.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Catherine McGlynn is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Huddersfield. Her research focuses on issues of national identity and citizenship, with special reference to ethnic differentiation and conflict resolution. Along with her co-editors she is a founder member of the PSA Specialist Group on Britishness.
Andrew Mycock is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Huddersfield. His key research and teaching interests focus on post-empire citizenship and national identity, particularly in the UK and the Russian Federation, and the impact of citizenship and history education programmes. He is co-convenor of the Academy for the Study of Britishness.
James W. McAuley is Professor of Irish Studies and an associate dean at the University of Huddersfield. He has written extensively on Northern Irish politics and society, and especially on aspects of Ulster unionism and loyalism. He researches on conflict transformation and broader aspects of British identity.


British Identities Since 1707. Vol. 2
Edited by Paul Ward and Richard Finlay