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National identity, allegiance and constitutional change in the United Kingdom

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Aughey, Arthur (2010) National identity, allegiance and constitutional change in the United Kingdom. Nations and Nationalism, 16 (2). pp. 335-353. [Journal article]

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Abstract

It has become conventional to discuss nationalism in terms of identity.While this approach is fruitful and illuminating, it can often be ambiguous, running together cultural, social, personal and political issues. It becomes particularly problematicwhen discussing multinationalism, the character of which may be confused byr eference to national identity alone. Allegiance is used in this article to explore how apolitical commitment to the multinational state can coexist with a range of nationaland regional identities in the United Kingdom. The argument is that, recent constitutionalchanges notwithstanding, the multinational ideal involves still a state ofdistinctive national identities tempered by the habit of allegiance to legitimate British government.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Politics & International Studies
ID Code:15207
Deposited By:Professor Arthur Aughey
Deposited On:24 Aug 2010 09:09
Last Modified:24 Aug 2010 11:01

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