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EnglishnessTwentieth-Century Popular Culture and the Forming of English Identity$
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Simon Featherstone

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623655

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623655.001.0001

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The North

The North

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(p.84) Chapter 5 The North
Source:
Englishness
Author(s):

Simon Featherstone

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623655.003.0006

This chapter discusses the importance of English regionalism in the construction of national identity. The discussion focuses on the North West, which is a region frequently excluded from the maps of English journeys. It considers the role of this region in George Orwell's and Mass-Observation's social anthropology projects of the 1930s. The chapter also takes a look at the challenge posed to similar representations, which are shaped by modern Northern popular performers.

Keywords:   English regionalism, North West, English journeys, social anthropology, popular performers, national identity

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