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How can Britishness be re-made?


Grube, DC, How can Britishness be re-made?, The Political Quarterly, 82, (4) pp. 628-645. ISSN 0032-3179 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-923X.2011.02244.x


Modern Britishness is widely seen to be based on shared values like 'fair play', 'tolerance', and respect for 'diversity'. Can such a 'values-based Britishness' be effective as a national binding agent in an era of devolution and globalisation? The idea that a uniquely 'British' character is based on shared values of some kind is not new. The contemporary debate is framed by decisions made over a century ago in the Victorian era-when the decisive shift occurred from a British identity based on religious difference to one based on shared moral values. Through political rhetoric, legislation, and the courts, Victorian governments shaped and changed the character of Britishness. The same tools remain available to contemporary lawmakers in shaping a twenty-first century Britishness that embraces modern universal values, but also defines some more uniquely British emotional connection points around which national identity can be built. © The Author 2011. The Political Quarterly © The Political Quarterly Publishing Co. Ltd. 2011.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Political science not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Grube, DC (Associate Professor Dennis Grube)
ID Code:99017
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Arts, Law and Education
Deposited On:2015-03-11
Last Modified:2017-11-15

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