Contemporary Britain: A Survey with Texts

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Chapter 2

Images of Britain
External images30
1 ‘An Italian in London’, 30
Beppe Severgnini
2 ‘The making of cruel Britannia’, 35
John Lloyd
3 ‘Nothing cool about being coarse’, 38
Michael Elliott
Internal images40
4 ‘Cool it’, 41
Philip Norman
5 ‘Rebranding rationale’, 43
Mark Leonard
6 ‘Britain is on a roll, whatever popstars say’, 45
Tony Blair
Contrasting images47
7 ‘A tale of two nations’, 48
Stryker McGuire and
William Underhill
8 This insidious urge to reshape Britain’, Stephen Glover 51
9 ‘The bit of politics that led Ben Elton astray’, 53
Melvyn Bragg
The people’s images54
10 ‘Going soft? Britain is still a nation of hard-headed people’, 55
David Smith
Exercises 57
Further reading 58
Notes 58

In contemporary debates, it is frequently argued that the British people are attempting, partly successfully and partly unsuccessfully, to come to terms with their positions in a rapidly changing domestic and international world. Within Britain, this process of adaptation allegedly produces tensions between the rich and the poor, between nostalgia (or traditionalism) and modernization and between acceptance of change and reaction to it.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgements xiii
  • Chapter 1 - Contemporary Britain: the Context 1
  • Chapter 2 - Images of Britain 29
  • Chapter 3 - National Identities 60
  • Chapter 4 - Political Ideologies 90
  • Chapter 5 - Constitutional Reform 119
  • Chapter 6 - Britain and the World 154
  • Chapter 7 - Central Social Institutions 184
  • Further Reading 215
  • Chapter 8 - Social Behaviour and ‘moral Panics’ 216
  • Index 251
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