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British national identity and the dilemmas of multiculturalism

Asari, Eva-Maria, Halikiopoulou, Daphne and Mock, Steven (2008) British national identity and the dilemmas of multiculturalism. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 14 (1). pp. 1-28. ISSN 1353-7113

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13537110701872444


Nationalism and multiculturalism are often perceived as polar opposites with the former viewed as the disease and the latter the cure. Contrary to this view, this article argues that a strong national identity, albeit of a particular kind, is prerequisite to a stable and functioning multicultural society. The article seeks to identify both the causes and the implications of the absence of an overarching, civic national identity in Britain, further to the goal of seeking a meaningful solution. It is our contention that the problem lies in the difficulty involved in reconciling current pressures on British identity with a coherent narrative of British history, especially its imperial past.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2008 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Divisions: Government
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2010 17:02
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:46

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