British Cultural Identities
Edited by Mike Storry, Peter Childs
Routledge – 2003 – 320 pages
A book about British cultural identities raises a number of questions: Whose Britain? Whose Culture? Whose Identity? Do a majority of people in the UK think of themselves as being British anyway? This book analyses contemporary British `cultural identity' in terms of the various and changing ways in which people who live in Britain position themselves and are positioned by their culture today.
Core chapters cover seven intersecting areas:
* place and environment
*education, work and leisure
* Gender, sex and the family
* youth culture and age
* Class and politics
* ethnicity and language
* religion and heritage
Each chapter is clearly structured around key themes, has a timeline of important dates and a list of recent British cultural examples drawn from books, films and TV programmes. In addition, there is recommended reading and exercises chosen by experienced teachers, and tables and photographs throughout.
'Exactly the book we've been looking for! A non-institution based contemporary introduction to Britain.' - Mr M.J.J. Nyman, Joensuu University, Finland