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Race and nation in twenty-first-century Britain

Nationalism has reasserted itself today as the political force of our times, remaking European politics wherever one looks. Britain is no exception, and in the midst of Brexit, it has even become a vanguard of nationalism's confident return to the mainstream. Brexit, in the course of generating a historically unique standard of sociopolitical uncertainty and constitutional intrigue, tore apart the two-party compact that had defined the parameters of political contestation for much of twentieth-century Britain. This book offers a wide-ranging picture of the different theoretical accounts relevant to addressing nationalism. It briefly repudiates the increasingly common attempts to read contemporary politics through the lens of populism. The book explores the assertion of 'muscular liberalism' and civic nationalism. It examines more traditional, conservative appeals to racialised notions of blood, territory, purity and tradition as a means of reclaiming the nation. The book also examines how neoliberalism, through its recourse to discourses of meritocracy, entrepreneurial self and individual will, alongside its exaltation of a 'points-system' approach to the ills of immigration, engineers its own unique rendition of the nationalist crisis. There are a number of important themes through which the process of liberal nationalism can be documented - what Arun Kundnani captured, simply and concisely, as the entrenchment of 'values racism'. These include the 'faux-feminist' demonisation of Muslims.

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Alison Phipps

/01/2020 13:18 Conclusion Like political theorist Zillah Eisenstein, I also wonder about the distinction between being an ally and a comrade. Standing with more marginalised women is crucial. But for Eisenstein, allyship means supporting a struggle but not being in or of it, while comradeship implies we are all in this together.1 Eisenstein’s definition of allyship reminds me of the performative outrage of whiteness. To become comrades, by her definition, we would need to spend less time in outrage and more time loosening the knots of political whiteness in ourselves and

in Me, not you
Colonial cultures of sport and diplomacy in Afghanistan, 1919–49
Maximilian Drephal

comradeship towards his team members, fair play to the other side – in other words, honesty, uprightness, courage and endurance.33 By the time a candidate joined the Indian Political Service, he – this was an exclusively male domain – had already been equipped with and trained in a variety of sports ROFE___9781526131058_Print.indd 93 11/06/2018 09:15 Public diplomacy 94 and games. Applications to the Indian Political Service also asked for a candidate’s history of field sports and the quality of his horsemanship, making athletic exploits part of the selection process

in Sport and diplomacy
The next Lansbury generation and Labour politics, 1881–1951
John Shepherd

was Chairman of the London district council of the union. Their first major project was an important political tract on union activity, Comradeship for Clerks, which they coauthored in 1913.68 In 1910 George Lansbury had been elected as one of the three Labour councillors who formed the Labour bench on the London County Council (LCC). During this time, the LCC began to increasingly employ women clerks to replace boy labourers, as a new and cheaper form of labour in the clerical divisions. In 1911 the NUC established a Women’s League on the LCC in its campaign

in Labour and working-class lives
Alexander Cárdenas and Sibylle Lang

improving multinational cooperation in international PSOs. Sport can contribute to supporting the generation of meaningful social relations and serve as a platform for learning about each other. At the same time, sport can act as an integrative force, thus allowing for cross-cultural unifying situations, which have spillover possibilities to the professional military cooperation arena. Although sport cannot substitute a long common socialisation, under carefully planned circumstances it may create a sense of comradeship and belonging, thus reinforcing mutual confidence

in Sport and diplomacy
Siniša Maleševic

imagined community embedded in the concept of ‘deep horizontal comradeship’. 19 The dominance of high-circulation national over local and regional newspapers and the exceptionally high viewing figures of RTÉ news and information programmes indicate how embedded national understandings of everyday events have become. The expanded civil society groupings have widened the debate on key social, political, economic and cultural issues and in this process have also strengthened the nation-centric understanding of social reality in Ireland. The strength of contemporary Irish

in Are the Irish different?
Bryan Fanning

crisis 161 that focus mostly on the territory of the Irish nation-state.13 Beyond this, according to Malesevic, the infrastructure of the Irish state has dramatically thickened over time in areas such as education and social policy. All of this facilitates a deeper ideological penetration of nationalist ideas and practices.14 A combination of banal nationalism and statist nationbuilding infrastructure has arguably worked to reinforce a sense of what Anderson calls a ‘deep horizontal comradeship’ amongst the citizens of the Irish state.15 Voters in the Referendum

in Irish adventures in nation-building
The Manchester and Salford Methodist Mission, 1910–60
Angela Connelly

Christian World. 11 Steve Bruce, Secularization: In Defence of an Unfashionable Theory, p. 57. 12 Steve Bruce and Anthony Glendinning, ‘When was secularisation?’ 13 Callum G. Brown, The Death of Christian Britain: Understanding Secularisation 1800–2000. 14 Grace Davie, The Sociology of Religion. 15 For example, Jeffrey Cox, The English Churches in a Secular Society: Lambeth, 1870–1930; Sarah Williams, Religious Belief and Popular Culture in Southwark, c.1880–1939; Dorothy Entwhistle, ‘“Hope, colour, and comradeship”: loyalty and opportunism in early twentieth

in Culture in Manchester
Challenges and critiques, internationalism and women’s work
Jessica Gerrard

subject was to be given. He then called upon Com. Chandler to talk to us on Internationalism. Com. Chandler impressed on MUP_Gerrard_Childhoods_Printer.indd 93 02/04/2014 10:39 94 Socialist Sunday Schools, 1892–1930 us the fact that people were the same all over the world, and therefore a spirit of comradeship should prevail among all people.96 For the SSS movement the notion of a united humanity had a clear anti-imperialist basis that was couched firmly within a critique of class relations under capitalism. Voting to oppose the First World War in 1915, the NCBSSS

in Radical childhoods
Israeli security experience as an international brand
Erella Grassiani

the ‘Spirit of the IDF’. This latter code requires Israeli soldiers to uphold a high moral standard. Values mentioned in this code are, for example, comradeship, purity of arms (which means one can only use a weapon in defensive action), and discipline. Many of my informants also mentioned the work ethic as something specific to the ‘Israeli-ness’ of their companies. One informant told me how he and

in Security/ Mobility