English Imaginaries : Anglo-British Approaches to Modernity

Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 1999-05-01
Publisher(s): Lawrence & Wishart Ltd
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In this groundbreaking book, Kevin Davey examines notions of Anglo-British identity as represented by both conservative and progressive cultural initiatives. He argues that attempts at modernizing in Britain are hampered by a traditional nationalism that fails to engage with the complexities of contemporary culture. Drawing upon the work of pre- and post-war critics of dominant notions of Britishness, including J. B. Priestley, Herbert Read, Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll, Davey relates their views to the work of more recent challengers of traditional notions of Englishness. He analyzes Who guitarist Pete Townshend, who once wore a Union Jack jacket as a satirical statement but now aligns himself with the royalist establishment, and Vivienne Westwood, who invented anti-fashion and has since become a giant of haute couture. These two are placed in context alongside contemporary icons such as the Guyanan poet David Dabydeen and young British artist Mark Wallinger.

Table of Contents

Jonathan Rutherford
The us generation
Frances O'Grady
Underworked and underpaid
Ian Brinkley
A new deal for young black Britain
Balbir Chatrik
Bypassing politics? A critical look at DiY culture
Peter Gartside
Hijabs in our midst
Noshin Ahmad
Paradigm lost? Youth and pop
Rupa Huq
Ecstasy in the unhappy society
Jonathan Keane
``That's entertainment...'': generation X in the time of New Labour
Michael Kenny
Not such tolerant times
Bilkis Malek
Reading identity: young Black British men
Elaine Pennicott
The benefits of work?: lone motherhood under New Labour
Karen Triggs
Notes on contributors

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