'Sod them, I'm English': The changing status of the 'majority' English in post-devolution Britain

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Skey, M. 2012. 'Sod them, I'm English': The changing status of the 'majority' English in post-devolution Britain. Ethnicities. 12 (1), pp. 106-125.
AuthorsSkey, M.
Abstract

As well as prompting an urgent re-assessment of constitutional and legislative matters, processes of devolution have also contributed to a series of wide-ranging debates on identity in Britain. Yet, outside of survey data and a growing body of work looking to assess the status of minorities in Britain, relatively little has been heard from the wider population. This is particularly true for those who constitute the majority group within Britain, the English.

In this paper, I want to offer a complementary perspective by using data from qualitative interviews to explore the ways in which members of the ‘ethnic majority’ in England discuss these issues. The findings suggest a tentative, but noticeable, shift towards an English identity, which is often defined as a necessary response to the increasing assertiveness of ‘other’ national groups within Britain.

Keywordsdevolution; ethnic majority; national identity
JournalEthnicities
Journal citation12 (1), pp. 106-125
ISSN1741-2706
1468-7968
Year2012
PublisherSAGE
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468796811419601
Publication dates
Print2012
Publication process dates
Deposited02 Nov 2012
Copyright information(c) SAGE 2011. Published online before print September 28, 2011
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