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The new edge of Europe?
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This chapter considers the role of the Kent coast in the recent iconography of nationalism, suggesting that it has been caught up in debates around Brexit by virtue of symbolising the idea of the ‘island-nation’. Focusing on the cliffs of Dover, the chapter sets out a methodology for exploring the geographies of the borderscape which addresses such questions of symbolism and identity, yet which is based on a personal encounter with the landscape. The chapter draws on ‘new nature writing’, psychogeography and cultural geography to outline a method that offers a critical perspective on nationalism and identity by rejecting insular views of nature, society and politics.

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Identity and belonging at the edge of England


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