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Britishness, Identity and Citizenship

The View From Abroad


Edited By Catherine McGlynn, Andrew Mycock and J.W. McAuley

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.


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Contents Catherine McGlynn, Andrew Mycock and James W. McAuley 1 Introduction – Britishness, Identity and Citizenship: The View from Abroad 1 Section One The Empire: Constructions of Britishness 9 Charles V. Reed 1 Respectable Subjects of the Queen: The Royal Tour of 1901 and Imperial Citizenship in South Africa 11 Antoine Mioche 2 Britishness: The Imperial Vision of William Knox (1732–1810) 31 Angela McCarthy 3 Scottishness and Britishness among New Zealand’s Scots Since 1840 55 David Levey 4 National Identity and Allegiance in Gibraltar 73 Elleke Boehmer and Sumita Mukherjee 5 Re-making Britishness: Indian Contributions to Oxford University, c. 1860–1930 95 vi Section Two Representing Britishness: Culture and Identity 113 Meenakshi Sharma 6 The Empire of English and Its Legacy: A Citizenship of the Mind 115 Francoise Ugochukwu 7 From Nwana to Adichie: Britishness goes Full Circle in Nigerian Literature 135 Karine Tournier-Sol 8 Britishness and European Integration since 1997 in the French Press 151 Kath Woodward, David Goldblatt and James Wyllie 9 British Fair Play: Sport across Diasporas at the BBC World Service 171 Amy von Heyking 10 ‘Proud to call themselves Englishmen’: Representations of Britishness in Twentieth Century English-Canadian Schools 191 Section Three Brits Abroad: Travel and Migration 213 Thomas Thurnell-Read 11 ‘Here Comes the Drunken Cavalry’: Managing and Negotiating the Britishness of All-Male Stag Tours in Eastern Europe 215 vii A. James Hammerton 12 ‘Thatcher’s Refugees’: Shifting Identities among Late Twentieth Century British Emigrants 233 Ben Wellings 13 The English in Australia: A Non-Nation in Search...

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