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Ethnicity and Cultural AuthorityFrom Arnold to Du Bois$
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Daniel G. Williams

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748622054

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622054.001.0001

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Culture and Ethnicity

Culture and Ethnicity

(p.33) Chapter 1 Culture and Ethnicity
Ethnicity and Cultural Authority

Matthew Arnold

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter studies the relationship between ethnicity and culture in Matthew Arnold's writings. It reconstructs his conception of ‘culture’ and examines the dangers of overemphasising the extent of Arnold's sense of alienation from the British industrial society. The chapter also notes that a relevant preoccupation in Arnold's writings was the questions relating to national and ethnic identities. It concludes that Arnold's goal was to encourage and reinforce the role of a widely defined culture, as well as the authority of the man of letters, within the life of the nation.

Keywords:   ethnicity, culture, Matthew Arnold, alienation, British industrial society, national identity, ethnic identity

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