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British Multiculturalism and the Politics of Representation$
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Lasse Thomassen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474422659

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422659.001.0001

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Conclusion: Multiculturalism, Britishness and Muscular Liberalism

Conclusion: Multiculturalism, Britishness and Muscular Liberalism

(p.220) Conclusion: Multiculturalism, Britishness and Muscular Liberalism
British Multiculturalism and the Politics of Representation

Lasse Thomassen

Edinburgh University Press

The Conclusion looks at David Cameron and his speeches on terrorism, immigration, liberalism and Britishness to illustrate the points made throughout the book. Together the analyses and discussions of the book serve to show that there is no inclusion without exclusion, that inclusion and exclusion are intrinsically linked to identity, and that, since identities are constituted at the level of representation, we need to analyse identity and inclusion in terms of the politics of representation. What we must examine when examining identity and inclusion is, then, which and whose representations come to dominate, and how identity and lines of inclusion and exclusion are articulated.

Keywords:   Britishness, David Cameron, exclusion, identity politics, inclusion, liberalism, multiculturalism, representation

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