Region: resources of identity

Arthur Aughey

in The Politics of Englishness

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780719068720
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701300 | DOI:
Region: resources of identity

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This chapter considers the regions of England as potential ‘identity resources’ for the fashioning of a new sense of local patriotism following the pattern of devolution elsewhere in the United Kingdom. It explains that mobilising support for regionalism has always been problematic, and that while English local allegiance is deeply ingrained, it has rarely meant identification with a region. The chapter also discusses an academic thesis that there continues to exist a ‘national world of local government’ which is peculiarly resistant – in a very English way – to the claims of regional government.

Keywords: identity resources; local patriotism; England; devolution; United Kingdom; regionalism; local allegiance; local government

Chapter.  8889 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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