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The Idea of English Ethnicity

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The Idea of English Ethnicity by Robert J.C. Young
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In recent years, particularly since devolution in the UK, there have been many attempts to identify exactly what constitutes Englishness. In this major contribution to debates about English identity, leading theorist Robert Young argues that the recent uncertainty about the nature of the English arises from more than just the challenges of devolution. It is rather the long-term result of the fact that in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Englishness was never really about England, its essence or national character, at all. It was rather developed as a form of long-distance nationalism, as an ethnic identity for those who were precisely not English, but rather made up the English diaspora around the world, Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans. Englishness was constructed as a translatable quality or identity that could be taken on or appropriated anywhere - which is why the most English Englishmen have always been Americans.

Author Biography

Robert J. C. Young is Julius Silver Professor of English and Comparative Literature at New York University. His previous publications include White Mythologies (1990), Colonial Desire (1995), and Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction (2001).
Release date NZ
December 12th, 2007
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
Illustrations
Imprint
Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Pages
312
Dimensions
167x240x23
ISBN-13
9781405101288
Product ID
3085840

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