England: a British relationship

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:
England: a British relationship

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This chapter reconsiders the Britishness of England given that the United Kingdom is still the political location for the continuing legends and anxieties of Englishness. It suggests that the notion of Britishness as a way of life implied sentiments of loyalty much deeper than legalistic arrangements, and explains that conversational tension between citizenship and patriotism is one of the dominant themes of British public discourse. The chapter also discusses the argument which suggests an increasing sense of English self-consciousness and highlights the claim that while the other nations within the United Kingdom had retained their distinctive identities, the English had found it more difficult to do so.

Keywords: Britishness; England; United Kingdom; Englishness; loyalty; citizenship; patriotism; self-consciousness; distinctive identities

Chapter.  8986 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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