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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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(p.178) Conclusion

Simon Featherstone

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the current status of Englishness and Englishness studies. It shows that Englishness still occupies traditional ground defined by archaic hierarchies of social station and myths of rural settlement. Englishness studies, on the other hand, depend on the way the English question continues to be framed. The discussion looks at the half-heartedness of English nationalism and the moment when popular Englishness took on a modern aspect. It also considers the possibility of experiencing Englishness as a meeting point of global histories. The chapter concludes that England remains to be in search of itself as a nation, a search that continues to be an important part of its politics and culture.

Keywords:   Englishness, Englishness studies, social station, rural settlement, English question, nationalism, popular Englishness, global histories

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