Britishness and Multiculturalism. An Essay on Post-Imperial Nostalgia



Anul aparitiei: 2011

Nr. pagini: 102 pagini

Limba: engleza

ISBN: 9731662499

Stare: de anticariat (excelenta)

Categorii: Istorie, Istoria Europei, Limba Engleza, Limbi Straine

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The present paper has as its main theme the attempt of trying to define the concept of Britishness, both from its national and imperial perspective, and to analyze its complex relationship to such issues as ethnicity and culture, especially in the post-war period, when Great Britain is faced both with the collapse of its empire and with massive immigration from its former colonies and dominions.
The analysis will be both a synchronic and a diachronic one, with an important focus being placed on the shift of national consciousness from one epoch to the other, always trying to offer the historical backdrop for these evolutions as well. Also, the paper will stop and analyze some major issues that brought about mutations in the national imaginary, like for example colonial discoveries and the appearance of the stereotype of the savage, the American Revolution and its implications, the Irish problem, and the processes of devolution and multicultural acceptance that marked the last decade of British politics. We will thus try to understand the causes that lead to the current crisis in national identity and try to analyze the possible solutions to this complex problem.
For it is clear that in the general turmoil that Western Society has been caught in, the problem of defining national identity becomes even more important and stringent, not only in the case of Great Britain, which we will analyze here, but also in the case of the other European countries, which are often used in this paper to serve as comparison and as exemplification. Starting from the hypothesis that Britishness has evolved in recent decades from its contractual interpretation (based on the Jus Soli) towards a more racial and cultural understanding of the term, the current paper will try to understand the reasons that have lead to this phenomenon, as well as arriving at a set of cogent conclusions on the future developments of this concept.
In a questioning on the evolution of national consciousness and its effects on our every day society, more stringent questions will be asked and hopefully answered, in a combination of methods having in mind both the complexity of the subject and its importance to the understanding of contemporary British Cultural Studies.