Late twentieth-century British emigration and global identities – the end of the ‘British World’?

Falklands happened and I, I was disgusted and appalled by it and I still remain to this day . . . It turned me against cheap nasty jingoism . . . My reaction was to get out, I just thought oh, I just didn’t see that there was any particular way back for Britain by that point.’ 2 Such ideological spurs to migration might be thought to be a luxury of late twentieth-century affluent societies, but it

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2 The politics of identity and recognition in the ‘global art world’ Identity politics informed by postcolonial critique dominated the discourses on the interrelations of globalisation, migration and contemporary art in the 1990s and the early 2000s. The previous chapter characterised the position from which the struggle for recognition of non-Western artists was launched, designating it the postcolonial position, in contradistinction to the migratory aesthetics position that gathered momentum in the 2000s. This second chapter examines the historical role and

in Migration into art

encompasses more than belonging, because not all the narratives, i.e. the ‘stories people tell themselves and others about who they are (and who they are not)’, are about belonging to particular groups or communities; they can also relate to body images, vocational aspirations and individual attributes. Nevertheless, belonging is an important component in the production of identity, because collective identity narratives often act as a resource for individual narratives, and because 143 144 Migration into art both individual and collective narratives provide people

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British interpretations of midnineteenth-century racial demographics

what role do race and migration play in connecting them? Race became a widespread aspect of discourse about empire and population in the middle decades of the nineteenth century, and the census allowed people to view their empire and the world as ones in which different races competed for demographic dominance. By examining British interpretations of colonial statistics we can gain insight into the

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Organising the move

Irish and Scottish migration Paul Sigrist: Was there some kind of a send-off dinner or a gathering of some sort to commemorate your leaving? Paul O’Dwyer: Yes there was. It was called, known as the American wake where somebody like myself, 17 years of age, would be going, probably never coming back, and the people from the neighbourhood would come in, say goodbye, and they’d come in with money, and they’d not really in a position to give any money but they all did. That would be two shillings, a shilling, three shillings, all amounted to thirty shillings I remember

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Interpreting a migrant’s letters from Australia, 1926–67

Some years ago I gave a paper in London to the first British World Conference. I chose the occasion to question the frequent use of the word ‘diaspora’ in historians’ writings about British migration from the United Kingdom to the British Empire. The term was rarely defined, and all too often seemed to be just an alternative to the neutral term ‘migration’ or the

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created by mass migration; the second section considers the role of colonial missionary societies in promoting religion and imperial loyalty; the third looks at the characteristics of clerical migrants to the Australian colonies of New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria as their numbers peaked in the 1880s and 1890s; the final section looks at the development of colonial religious nationalism, typically

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Theory and methods

different approaches relate to each other within the broader range of political science literature in terms of conceptualisations of the key variables. The central task here is to avoid becoming too mired in definitions and distinctions, but instead to drill down into key approaches within the public policy research canon, which assigns a role for ideas and knowledge, and then apply these to an actual policy scenario (i.e. labour migration). In this way, a series of hypothetical answers are developed for the main question here – that is, the role of ideas and knowledge in

in Managing labour migration in Europe

is not in Sri Lanka, or even Syria or Afghanistan, but in the NGO response to the migration crisis in Greece and in the Mediterranean. For here, whether they like it or not, when they rescue people at sea who are trying to get to Europe, relief NGOs are involved not just in caritative work, whose deontology is relatively straightforward ethically; here, they are important actors in a profound political struggle, whose outcome, along with the response or non-response to climate change, is likely to define the next half century. It is a commonplace to

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