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Playing mother: Narratives of Britishness in New Labour attitudes toward Europe

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kathryn Manzo, Professor Tim Gray


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A study of New Labour's attitudes toward Europe reveals that the 'European question' has not been about whether or not to become European, but about what it means to be British. In this ongoing European debate, we have found two main narratives of Labour Party Britishness-imperial or transcontinental nationalism, and Euro-nationalism. Despite their differences, we show how each of these inherently spatial narratives, along with their corresponding cultural and temporal components, depends upon constructions of greatness and difference for its conception of national identity.

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Author(s): Karvounis A, Manzo K, Gray TS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Political Ideologies

Year: 2003

Volume: 8

Issue: 3

Pages: 311-325

Date deposited: 04/10/2013

ISSN (print): 1356-9317

ISSN (electronic): 1740-1720


DOI: 10.1080/1356931032000131192


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