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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.103) Chapter 6 Race

Simon Featherstone

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter looks at the racialising of Englishness. This is explicitly expressed in the Notting Hill riots, which led to the re-alignments of identity among the Caribbean migrants and indigenous English in London. It shows that these riots framed complex re-formations of national identity in metropolitan London. The chapter also proposes alternatives where English and American racial discourse and performance shaped regional England during the 1950s and 1960s.

Keywords:   racialising, Notting Hill riots, identity re-alignments, Caribbean migrants, indigenous English, national identity, racial discourse, racial performance

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