British Cultural Identities

British Cultural Identities

Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- List of figures -- List of tables -- Foreword -- Preface -- List of contributors -- Introduction: the ghost of Britain past -- 1 Places and peoples: region and ...

Author: Mike Storry

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781315440590

Category: History

Page: 352

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"British Cultural Identities assesses the degree to which being British impinges on the identity of the many people who live in Britain, analysing contemporary British identity through the various and changing ways in which people who live in the UK position themselves and are positioned by their culture today. This new edition is fully updated to include discussion of key events and societal shifts such as the 2015 British general election, the growing emphasis on devolution, the 2012 Olympic Games, the new generation of royals, UKIP and the Euro crisis, the response to fundamentalism and the proliferation of social networking. Using examples from contemporary and popular culture, chapters cover a range of intersecting themes including: place and environment, education, work and leisure, gender, sex and the family, youth culture and style, class and politics, ethnicity and language, religion, heritage. Accessible in style, illustrated with photographs, tables and timelines and containing discussion questions, cultural examples and suggestions for further resources at the end of each chapter, British Cultural Identities is the perfect introductory text for students of contemporary British society"--Provided by publisher.
Categories: History

Black British Cultural Studies

Black British Cultural Studies

Eleven Cultural Identity and Cinematic Representation Stuart Hall “ B which has
now joined the company of the other " Third Cinemas , " and the emerging
cinemas of Afro - Caribbean blacks in the " diasporas " of the West , put the issue
of ...

Author: Houston A. Baker, Jr.

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226144801

Category: History

Page: 340

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Black British Cultural Studies has attracted significant attention recently in the American academy both as a model for cultural studies generally and as a corrective to reigning constructions of Blackness within African-American studies. This anthology offers the first book-length selection of writings by key figures in this field. From Stuart Hall's classic study of racially structured societies to an interview by Manthia Diawara with Sonia Boyce, a leading figure in the Black British arts movement, the papers included here have transformed cultural studies through their sustained focus on the issue of race. Much of the book centers on Black British arts, especially film, ranging from a historical overview of Black British cinema to a weighing of the costly burden on Black artists of representing their communities. Other essays consider such topics as race and representation and colonial and postcolonial discourse. This anthology will be an invaluable and timely resource for everyone interested in cultural studies. It also has much to offer students of anthropology, sociology, media and film studies, and literary criticism.
Categories: History

Cultural Identities and the Aesthetics of Britishness

Cultural Identities and the Aesthetics of Britishness

CHAPTER NINE Albion ' s legacy - myth , history and ' the Matter of Britain ' Sam
Smiles My purpose in this chapter is to examine the place of Arthurian myth in
aspects of British culture c . 1850 – 1940 . The discussion focuses in particular on
 ...

Author: Dana Arnold

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719067693

Category: History

Page: 205

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This book examines British imperial, colonial and postcolonial national identities within their political and social contexts. By considering the export, adoption and creation of such cultural identities, these essays show how nationhood and nationalism are self-consciously defined tools designed to focus and inspire loyalty. The contributors present these ideas with particular reference to English cultural identity and its interaction with the "Empire". They examine the national, imperial and colonial aesthetic--how architecture, landscape, painting, sculpture and literature were used, appropriated and re-appropriated in the furtherance of social and political agendas, and how this impacted on the making of "Britishness" in all its complexities. It is demonstrated that not only did the dominant aesthetic culture reinforce the dominant political and social ideology, it also re-presented and re-constructed the notion of British national identity.
Categories: History

Devolution in the United Kingdom

Devolution in the United Kingdom

They saw that, in the late nineteenth century, this nationalistic British cultural
identity was being channelled into the maintenance of a cohesive British imperial
cultural identity rather than enabling the development of a cultural distinctiveness
 ...

Author: Russell Deacon

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748669738

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

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This introduction to the major changes caused by devolution looks at both the historical background and contemporary political events. It assesses the operation, strengths and weaknesses of the devolved state, using highly relevant case studies to illustr
Categories: Political Science

British Cultural Studies

British Cultural Studies

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 ...

Author: David Morley

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0198742061

Category: Social Science

Page: 522

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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. The opening section of the book deals with different conceptions of Britishness and identity, including English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Asian and Black British identities. Section Two then analyses the interplay between tradition and heritage in contemporary culture, whilst the final section looks at the world of lifestyle groups, subcultures, and cultural politics and the way in which they have come in many ways to substitute for notions of Britishness.
Categories: Social Science

Cultural Identity in the Roman Empire

Cultural Identity in the Roman Empire

6 LANDSCAPE AND CULTURAL IDENTITY IN ROMAN BRITAIN David Petts The
aim of this chapter is to demonstrate how native and Roman elites in late Iron
Age and Roman Britain used the spatial organisation of both ritual and urban ...

Author: Ray Laurence

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415241499

Category: Social Science

Page: 205

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This provocative and often controversial volume examines concepts of ethnicity, citizenship and nationhood, to determine what constituted cultural identity in the Roman Empire. The contributors draw together the most recent research and use diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives from archaeology, classical studies and ancient history to challenge our basic assumptions of Romanization and how parts of Europe became incorporated into a Roman culture. Cultural Identity in the Roman Empire breaks new ground, arguing that the idea of a unified and easily defined Roman culture is over-simplistic, and offering alternative theories and models. This well-documented and timely book presents cultural identity throughout the Roman empire as a complex and diverse issue, far removed from the previous notion of a dichotomy between the Roman invaders and the Barbarian conquered.
Categories: Social Science

Franco British Cultural Exchanges 1880 1940

Franco British Cultural Exchanges  1880 1940

(1994) Displacements: Cultural Identities in Question. Bloomington, IN: Indiana
UniversityPress. Bancquart, MarieClaire, Gerbod, Françoise andLeNan, Danielle
(eds) (1985–87) La Vie littéraireen France en1908: Analyse etdépouillement ...

Author: Andrew Radford

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137030788

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 229

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This volume focuses on the literary connotations of the 'Channel Packet' and sets forth lively dialogues between French and British culture at a key period of artistic innovation and exchange between 'high' and popular art forms.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Women s Writing Englishness and National and Cultural Identity

Women   s Writing  Englishness and National and Cultural Identity

44–53 (p. 44). 43. Ruvani Ranasinha, South Asian Writersin TwentiethCentury
Britain: Culture in Translation (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2007),p. 152. 44. Anita
Desai,Introduction to Attia Hosain, Phoenix Fled andOtherStories (London:
Virago, ...

Author: M. Joannou

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137265296

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

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An original mapping of women's writing in the 1940s and 1950s, this book looks at Englishness and national identity in women's writing and includes writing from Scotland, Wales, Ireland the Indian subcontinent and Africa. The authors discussed include Virginia Woolf, Daphne Du Maurier, Doris Lessing and Muriel Spark.
Categories: Literary Criticism

British Culture

British Culture

For the student of British Studies or merely the interested reader, there are many
textbooks, journals and articles which analyse ... Northern Ireland and Wales, it
seems likely that regional cultural identities will be expressed more distinctively.

Author: David Christopher

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134766819

Category: History

Page: 240

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British Culture: An Introduction provides a comprehensive introduction to central aspects of culture and the arts in Britain today, and uses a factual approach to place them within a clear, historical context. Topics include: * the social and cultural setting: politics and society 1950-1999, including immigration, feminism, Thatcherism and the arts and the Blair revolution * language and culture: accents and minority languages, broadcasting and public life * the novel, poetry and theatre * cinema: Hammer Horror, James Bond, Ealing comedies, black British film, Trainspotting, The Full Monty and historical epics * television and radio: soap opera, crime series and sitcoms * popular music and fashion: The Beatles, punk, Britpop, subculture and style * art and sculpture: Bacon, Hockney, Gilbert and George and Hirst * architecture and interiors. Each chapter focuses on key themes of recent years, and gives special emphasis to outstanding artists within each area. The book also strengthens study skills, through follow-up activities and suggestions for further reading which appear at the end of each chapter. A real must-read for all students of British history and culture.
Categories: History

A New Imperial History

A New Imperial History

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Author: Kathleen Wilson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521007968

Category: History

Page: 385

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This pioneering collection of essays charts an exciting new field in British studies, 'the new imperial history'. Leading scholars from history, literature and cultural studies tackle problems of identity, modernity and difference in eighteenth-century Britain and the empire. They examine, from interdisciplinary perspectives, the reciprocal influences of empire and culture, the movements of peoples, practices and ideas effected by slavery, diaspora and British dominance, and ways in which subaltern, non-western and non-elite people shaped British power and knowledge. The essays move through Britain, America, India, Africa and the South Pacific in testament to the networks of people, commodities and entangled pasts forged by Britain's imperial adventures. Based on ground-breaking research, these analyses of the imperial dimensions of British culture and identities in global contexts will challenge the notion that empire was something that happened 'out there', and they demonstrate its long-lasting implications for British identity and everyday life.
Categories: History

Cultural Tourism

Cultural Tourism

British. Culture: Multiculturalism,. Travel. and. Cross-cultural. Comparisons. Nigel
D. Morpeth,1 Razaq Raj1 and Kevin A. ... 8.1 Introduction 91 8.2 Culture and
Image 91 8.3 Defining Multiculturalism 92 8.4 Searching for a National Identity?

Author: Razaq Raj

Publisher: CABI

ISBN: 9781845939236

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 247

View: 905

With contributions from international experts, this book provides a broad discussion of cultural tourism as a concept and the way it is implemented in diverse regions around the world. It addresses the notion of cultural tourism and what it means to tourism as an industry, and also explores types of cultural tourism offered to tourists and experienced by them. Many international case studies will be included on specific instances of cultural tourism, and current topics like cultural tourism's relationship to sustainability are discussed.
Categories: Business & Economics

A Concise Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Drama

A Concise Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Drama

Identity. D. Keith. Peacock. In this chapter I examine black British drama as a post
-colonial phenomenon that, since the ... Hybridization - the mixing of cultural
identities to create not black-British (multicultural) but an altogether more
complex ...

Author: Nadine Holdsworth

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118739075

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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Focusing on major and emerging playwrights, institutions, and various theatre practices this Concise Companion examines the key issues in British and Irish theatre since 1979. Written by leading international scholars in the field, this collection offers new ways of thinking about the social, political, and cultural contexts within which specific aspects of British and Irish theatre have emerged and explores the relationship between these contexts and the works produced. It investigates why particular issues and practices have emerged as significant in the theatre of this period.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Muslims in Britain Assimilated or Claiming a Separate System

Muslims in Britain  Assimilated or Claiming a Separate System

On the one hand, Britain is a country with defined boundaries, a recognizable
landscape, a long history, and a position in the ... Above that there is so-called
cultural identity which is something partly imposed by one's background and
partly ...

Author: Marta Zapała-Kraj

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783656886686

Category: History

Page: 38

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Research Paper (postgraduate) from the year 2011 in the subject Cultural Studies - European Studies, , language: English, abstract: The presence of Muslim communities in Europe dates back to the turn of the twentieth century, when such immigrants began arriving from European empires. United Kingdom has traditionally welcomed immigrants, but just as elsewhere, their integration was seen through specific prisms. A community that insists on a primarily spiritually derived identity creates some issues that require adaptation.
Categories: History

Nations Traditions and Cross cultural Identities

Nations  Traditions and Cross cultural Identities

... autobiography and existential reflection . Here we consider three authors –
María Martínez Sierra , Martha Gellhorn and Rebecca West – from two important
cultural contexts and colonial powers : Britain and Spain . Without wishing to
reduce ...

Author: Annamaria Lamarra

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 3039114131

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 177

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The notion of citizenship is part of a national collective memory and a memory of individuals belonging to a specific geographical, historical and cultural context. The volume seeks to investigate the importance of women's relationship with citizenship and nationality from a diachronic perspective analysing different forms of writing in various European contexts. Many themes intersect in the different essays that comprise the volume, including the construction of female identity through religious ideology, the importance of translation and cultural studies as a source of feminine knowledge, and the relationship between public life and private domain within the multiculturalism of Europe. The intersection between national identity, women's writings and cultural difference surfaces in many essays and demonstrates how the notion of a necessary translation between cultures has been central for women authors since the seventeenth century.
Categories: Literary Criticism

War and the Cultural Construction of Identities in Britain

War and the Cultural Construction of Identities in Britain

BARBARA KORTE AND RALF SCHNEIDER Introduction Wars in which the
people of the British Isles have been involved since the Middle Ages are
numerous . These wars have been fought for a diversity of reasons , within the
Isles ...

Author: Barbara Korte

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042012595

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 282

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The British have been involved in numerous wars since the Middle Ages. Many, if not all, of these wars have been re-constructed in historical accounts, in the media and in the arts, and have thus kept the nation's cultural memory of its wars alive. Wars have influenced the cultural construction and reconstruction not only of national identities in Britain; personal, communal, gender and ethnic identities have also been established, shaped, reinterpreted and questioned in times of war and through its representations. Coming from Literary, Film and Cultural Studies, History and Art History, the contributions in this multidisciplinary volume explore how different cultural communities in the British Isles have envisaged war and its significance for various aspects of identity-formation, from the Middle Ages through to the 20th century.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The status of metaphor in de constructing historical master narratives in the novels of Julian Barnes and Graham Swift and Kazuo Ishiguro

The status of metaphor in  de constructing historical master narratives in the novels of Julian Barnes and Graham Swift and Kazuo Ishiguro

His teenage protagonists, Christopher and Toni, undermine the moral and
cultural superiority of Great Britain by means of ... particles such as the ritual of
community life and Englishness as organising any coherent base for collective
identity.

Author: Daria Przybyla

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783638738989

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 87

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Master's Thesis from the year 2007 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: A, University of Silesia, 108 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: The following thesis consists in an attempt at synthesising several problems connected with narrating historical representations by means of metaphors. It examines the functions metaphorical narratives may attend in order to (de)construct historical identities as well as the places metaphors may occupy in the order of discourses. Divided into three chapters, the dissertation deals with the ‘spectacular’ and the ‘performative’ potential of figurative speech assembled in historical narrations that are, in quite distinct fashions, presented in selected novels by Julian Barnes, Graham Swift and Kazuo Ishiguro. The methodological profile of the analysis conducted in this thesis is centralised on the deconstructionist notion of metaphor as well as certain poststructuralist conceptions of power relations. But despite the fact that most theoretical inspirations are drawn from the philosophy of Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault there appear also other names and theoretical sources. Among these quite a substantial role can be assigned to literary criticism developed between 1950s and 1990s in Great Britain and elsewhere in Europe, feminist critique along with its various orientations, psychoanalytic writings as well as texts authored by philosophers and critics linked more to structuralist tradition and New Criticism rather than deconstruction such as Paul Ricoeur, Roland Barthes, Mikhail Bakhtin, Wolfgang Iser, Stanley Fish or Walter Benjamin. The first chapter, Metaphoricised Historiography, as its title implies, serves as a short introduction to the intricacies of post-war British history and its impact on literature. The next chapter entitled History as Spectacle deals with recontextualising and manipulating historical scenes. And the last chapter, History as Performance, addresses a certain type of historical sensitivity. It is discussed on the examples of visual arts and the situation of historical painting in the context of being objectified in endless interpretative circulation in galleries and museums. On the whole, the dissertation tries to estimate the significance of metaphors in discourses narrating historical identities.
Categories: Literary Criticism

IN TRANSITION Cultural Identities in the Age of Transnational and Transcultural Flux

IN TRANSITION  Cultural Identities in the Age of Transnational and Transcultural Flux

Sreé ko Horvat [H R] Banksy against dystopia Architecture and power in London
today In the past two years we had the opportunity to watch two excellent British
science— fiction films depicting the near or perhaps distant future of the island ...

Author: Peter Lyssiotis

Publisher: NeMe

ISBN: 9789963969517

Category: Art

Page: 296

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Categories: Art

Music and Identity in Postcolonial British South Asian Literature

Music and Identity in Postcolonial British South Asian Literature

These memories show how important music is for the protagonist, how it has
shaped his cultural identity, and how closely it is tied to India as its place of
cultural production. In his state of cultural hybridity and in-between-ness,
following Homi ...

Author: Christin Hoene

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317679165

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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This book examines the role of music in British-South Asian postcolonial literature, asking how music relates to the construction of postcolonial identity. It focuses on novels that explore the postcolonial condition in India, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom: Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy, Amit Chaudhuri's Afternoon Raag, Suhayl Saadi's Psychoraag, Hanif Kureishi's The Buddha of Suburbia and The Black Album, and Salman Rushdie's The Ground Beneath Her Feet, with reference to other texts, such as E.M. Forster's A Passage to India and Vikram Seth's An Equal Music. The analyzed novels feature different kinds of music, from Indian classical to non-classical traditions, and from Western classical music to pop music and rock 'n' roll. Music is depicted as a cultural artifact and as a purely aestheticized art form at the same time. As a cultural artifact, music derives meaning from its socio-cultural context of production and serves as a frame of reference to explore postcolonial identities on their own terms. As purely aesthetic art, music escapes its contextual meaning. The transgressive qualities of music render it capable of expressing identities irrespective of origin and politics of location. Thereby, music in the novels marks a very productive space to imagine the postcolonial nation and to rewrite imperial history, to express the cultural hybridity of characters in-between nations, to analyze the state of the nation and life in the multicultural diaspora of contemporary Great Britain, and to explore the ramifications of cultural globalization versus cultural imperialism. It will be a useful research and teaching tool for those interested in postcolonial literature, music studies, cultural studies, contemporary literature and South-Asian literature.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Marginality in the Contemporary British Novel

Marginality in the Contemporary British Novel

Lane, Richard, Rod Mengham and Philip Tew (eds) (2003) Contemporary British
Fiction, Cambridge: Polity Press. ... McDonough, Frank (1997) 'Class and politics',
in Mike Storry and Peter Childs (eds) British Cultural Identities, London and ...

Author: Nicola Allen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441147363

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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The 'Marginal' as a concept has become an integral part of the British novel as it stands at the turn of the century. Both popular and literary fiction since the mid-1970s has seen an increasing emphasis on the marginal subject. This study offers readings of a wide range of contemporary British novels that represent characters or communities at the margin of society. Nicola Allen analyses three conceptual categories representing the marginal subject in the contemporary British novel: the character of the misfit or outsider; the emergence of the grotesque; and the rediscovery of previously marginalized narratives such as myth and fantasy. This innovative and original monograph focuses on the contention that the contemporary novel of marginality conveys a belief in the socially transformative powers of narrative, and suggests that narrative has played a central role in bringing marginal politics and marginal issues to the fore in contemporary Britain.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Indians in Britain

Indians in Britain

Individual students are walking representatives of their own nation and cultural
identity, but they are immersed in an all-embracing host environment. The
reaction is inevitably a highly ambivalent one, in which elements of attraction and
 ...

Author: Shompa Lahiri

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135264468

Category: History

Page: 272

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This is an analysis of the nature and impact of the Indian presence in Britain, and British reactions to it. Problems of discrimination, isolation, and deprivation turned many students to politics, they appropriated ideas and institutions, and challenged British metropolitan society.
Categories: History