‘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).
|Title of host publication||Fear, Anxiety, and National Identity|
|Subtitle of host publication||Immigration and Belonging in North America and Western Europe|
|Editors||Nancy Foner, Patrick Simon|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2015|
- national identity