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Englishness as class: a re-examination

Aughey, Arthur (2012) Englishness as class: a re-examination. Ethnicities, 12 (4). pp. 394-408. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1177/1468796812448018


This paper considers the significance of class to English national identity. It takes onesystematic exposition of the argument that Englishness has been traditionally and intimately bound up with class: George Schopflin’s essay Englishness: citizenship, ethnicity and class, published in 2000. Schopflin thought that Englishness was distinctive in European terms by its class rather than its ethnic character and that this provided people with a very secure and very stable identity, though he did observe a more ethnicised form ofidentity emerging at the beginning of the new millennium. This is a strong definition ofEnglishness as class and the paper reassesses its claims in terms of recent research onidentity. It argues for a more nuanced understanding of the role of class but suggeststhat the modus vivendi of English class relations still distinguishes its identity withinEurope and the United Kingdom.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Politics & International Studies
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:23166
Deposited By: Professor Arthur Aughey
Deposited On:28 Aug 2012 09:11
Last Modified:28 Aug 2012 09:11

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