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A cultural perspective on British attitudes to Europe
Editor: Ina Habermann

This timely collection explores British attitudes to continental Europe that explain the Brexit decision. Analysing British discourses of Europe and the impact of British Euroscepticism, the book argues that Britain’s exit from the European Union reflects a more general cultural rejection of continental Europe: Britain is in denial about the strength of its ties to Europe and needs to face Europe if it is to face the future. The volume brings together literary and cultural studies, history, and political science in an integrated analysis of views and practices that shape cultural memory and the cultural imaginary. Part I, ‘Britain and Europe: political entanglements’, traces the historical and political relationship between Britain and Europe and the place of Europe in recent British political debates while Part II, ‘British discourses of Europe in literature and film’, is devoted to representative case studies of films as well as popular Eurosceptic and historical fiction. Part III, ‘Negotiating borders in British travel writing and memoir’, engages with border mindedness and the English Channel as a contact zone, also including a Gibraltarian point of view. Given the crucial importance of literature in British discourses of national identity, the book calls for, and embarks on, a Euro-British literary studies that highlights the nature and depth of the British-European entanglement.

Place, space and discourse
Editors: Christine Agius and Dean Keep

Identity is often regarded as something that is possessed by individuals, states, and other agents. In this edited collection, identity is explored across a range of approaches and under-explored case studies with a view to making visible its fractured, contingent, and dynamic features. The book brings together themes of belonging and exclusion, identity formation and fragmentation. It also examines how identity functions in discourse, and the effects it produces, both materially and in ideational terms. Taking in case studies from Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, the various chapters interrogate identity through formal governing mechanisms, popular culture and place. These studies demonstrate the complex and fluid nature of identity and identity practices, as well as implications for theorising identity.

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Eamon Maher and Eugene O’Brien

taken, there was so much activity that the morning got away from us. We had lunch booked in the hotel for two o’clock, and then we had organized appointments with friends and a party, followed by dinner. Something had to give, so we skipped the ceremony and went straight to the hotel! As already said, this story may not be factually true, but it has a truth at a deeper level. It captures the heady excitement of a time when there was significant money to spend in Ireland, and when the old authority of Church, State and a vague social and cultural memory of poverty and

in From prosperity to austerity
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Understanding the past, facing the future
Ina Habermann

Newfoundland’ (Morris, 2006 : 4). If we are to understand British attitudes to Europe, we need to pay close attention to cultural memory and the cultural imaginary. Many attempts at explaining the Leave victory and current British (and particularly English) ‘Euroscepticism’ (Spiering, 2015 ) focus quite narrowly on economic, legal and political factors, underestimating more ‘fuzzy’ phenomena such as cultural myths, narratives and images which circulate in literature, travel writing, films and other media, influencing people on a visceral level, sometimes even against

in The road to Brexit
Michael Mannin

have emerged and, in order to appreciate the nature of these challenges, an examination of historic Europeanisation as well as observations of national, sub-national, ethnic and cultural memories are salient to an understanding of the present reality of the region. Thus, what Schimmelfennig (2001) characterises as ‘thin Europeanisation’ – that is, the pragmatic acceptance of the constituent rules of the EU – is no longer sufficient to sustain Brussels’s impact on the political and economic choices within its new neighbourhood. Without an established set of ‘thick EU

in The European Union and its eastern neighbourhood
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Revisiting the cultural significance of the white cliffs of Dover
Melanie Küng

, it is not surprising that there is a strong link between the growing number of people travelling through Dover in the nineteenth century and the increasing importance of the cliffs in evoking a nostalgic sense of leaving, as in Ford Madox Brown’s iconic painting The Last of England (1852–55), or of ‘homecoming’ (Readman, 2014 : 256–7). The more the image became entrenched in the cultural memory of the nation through travel accounts and visual representations, the better it could be exported abroad to the far edges of empire. 9 The white cliffs of the mind

in The road to Brexit
Kate Wilkinson Cross and Pefi Kingi

collective identity; it clothes you and your cultural memories and feeds your soul. Pacific fonua are heavily contested spaces because of their understood capacity to determine collective, familial and individual rights, customary legacies, powers, and privileges. Adopting strategies that encourage a strong sense of ‘involvement and ownership in climate-change planning by

in Statelessness, governance, and the problem of citizenship
Photography and the post­Celtic Tiger landscape
Justin Carville

community brought about by Topographies of terror 107 emigration and the acceleration of modernity can easily be incorporated into narratives of cultural memory and mourning that fill the empty landscape with an aestheticized sense of pathos, the visual regime of global capitalism sees this emptiness from an entirely different perspective. This is a significant point for understanding the emergence of a topographical turn in Irish photography after the staging of the Lie of the Land exhibition. While much creative endeavour and intellectual labour had been expended on

in From prosperity to austerity
Remembering the Ulster Special Constabulary at the National Memorial Arboretum
L. J. Armstrong

events organiser at the NMA, in combination with contextual readings of cultural memory.14 The chapter is structured in three main sections. Firstly, it presents a brief history of the USC and establishes the aims and objectives of the USCA. Secondly, it deals with the memorial established at the NMA in Lichfield. This includes a discussion of the selection of the NMA as a site on which to establish a memorial to the USC and the nature of the commemorative ceremony that took place in 2006. The funding of this ceremony will also be considered. Finally, the chapter

in The Northern Ireland Troubles in Britain
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Toward a global history of white nationalism
Daniel Geary, Camilla Schofield, and Jennifer Sutton

proportions in British cultural memory as the origin story of multiethnic Britain, especially after the mistreatment of black British migrants in the recent “Windrush Scandal.” 22 While the 1948 British Nationality Act enshrined into law the right of migrants from the British Empire and the independent states of the Commonwealth to live and work in Britain, it is important to note that restrictions in the 1960s against these migrants were preceded by earlier migration restrictions against British subjects that reveal the long history of racialized logics of Britain as a

in Global white nationalism