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Brit-Myth: Who Do the British Think They Are? (Reaktion by Chris Rojek

By Chris Rojek

The area sees Britain in the course of the antics of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, the stiff-lipped, painfully class-conscious societies depicted in Gosford Park and continues to be of the Day, and the scathing diatribes of yankee Idol’s Simon Cowell. the photographs being projected from the island country of britain are so disparate nowadays that it’s difficult to grasp what to think about the British. Chris Rojek explores this predicament, taking a look at the myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes of the British. Drawing upon a variety of resources in popular culture, politics, paintings, and background, Rojek examines how Britons are considered either at domestic and in another country. From Austin Powers to King Arthur and Albion, and from enormous Brother to foreign opinion polls, Rojek investigates what it ability to be British in a globalized, multicultural international. Brit-Myth deftly avoids severe nationalism or summary scholarship, providing a brand new perception of Britishness that transcends race and emphasizes the critical function of individualism and nonconformity in British identity.Full of thought-provoking insights and fascinating anecdotes, Brit-Myth will entertain either Anglophiles and those that are looking to study extra in regards to the land less than the Union Jack. (20071126)

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In contrast, the majority of Muslims and Hindus have a strong relation to religious observance. They regularly attend religious worship and their religious belief is an important source of personal and ethnic identity and social inclusion. Despite the decline in religious observance among British people, the established Church remains a powerful symbolic force in the life of the nation. The Church of England, or Anglican Church, came into existence in 1534. Henry viii declared himself head of the Church, and ever since, the monarch has held the title of Supreme Governor.

The Internet offers unprecedented opportunities for global communication and the organization of counter-state social movements. The expansion of air travel, and the concomitant explosion in numbers of international tourists, has contributed to the breaking down of national barriers. The main beneficiaries have been citizens in the West who enjoy comparatively high per capita incomes. But the trend is global. It would be foolish to propose that international tourism operates in a unilateral way to dismantle national divisions.

By the seventeenth century the term nation crystallized to refer to the whole body of the people, in which the nationstate presented itself as acting as a sort of democratically accountable mouthpiece for the nation and the true, legitimate exponent of the ideology of nationalism. The conceit of presenting the nation-state as the mouthpiece of the nation is a matter of ideology. In the seventeenth century, under the influence of the piratical exploits of Elizabethan explorers, the rhetoric of advancing nationalism bolstered and developed the nation as equivalent to the nation-state.

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