Nationhood and Muslims in Britain

Nasar Meer, Varun Uberoi, Tariq Modood

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    Abstract

    ‘These are difficult times to be British’, maintain Gamble and Wright (2009: 1). Their assessment centres on how ‘the state which underpinned British identity is no longer the confident structure of earlier times’ (ibid.). They are not alone in coming to this view , and at least two implications follow from their observation. One is that the political unity of the administrative and bureaucratic components of the state is related to cultural features of British nationhood, including the ways in which people express feeling and being British. This is perhaps a familiar assessment of the configuration of all nation-states, though it could also imply that the state has been one – though not necessarily the most important - touchstone in the historical cultivation of ‘British’ as a national identity (Uberoi and McLean, 2009).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFear, Anxiety, and National Identity
    Subtitle of host publicationImmigration and Belonging in North America and Western Europe
    EditorsNancy Foner, Patrick Simon
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015

    Keywords

    • British
    • national identity
    • Muslims

    Cite this

    Meer, N., Uberoi, V., & Modood, T. (2015). Nationhood and Muslims in Britain. In N. Foner, & P. Simon (Eds.), Fear, Anxiety, and National Identity: Immigration and Belonging in North America and Western Europe