The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Culture

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-09-27
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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British culture today is the product of a shifting combination of tradition and experimentation, national identity and regional and ethnic diversity. These distinctive tensions are expressed in a range of cultural arenas, such as art, sport, journalism, fashion, education, and race. This Companion addresses these and other major aspects of British culture, and offers a sophisticated understanding of what it means to study and think about the diverse cultural landscapes of contemporary Britain. Each contributor looks at the language through which culture is formed and expressed, the political and institutional trends that shape culture, and at the role of culture in daily life. This interesting and informative account of modern British culture embraces controversy and debate, and never loses sight of the fact that Britain and Britishness must always be understood in relation to the increasingly international context of globalisation.

Table of Contents

Notes on contributorsp. vii
Chronologyp. xi
Introduction: modern British culturep. 1
Becoming Britishp. 12
Language developments in British Englishp. 26
Schooling and culturep. 42
The changing character of political communicationsp. 62
Contemporary Britain and its regionsp. 79
Contemporary British cinemap. 96
Contemporary British fictionp. 115
Contemporary British poetryp. 137
Theatre in modern British culturep. 154
Contemporary British televisionp. 171
British art in the twenty-first centuryp. 189
British fashionp. 208
Sport in contemporary Britainp. 225
British sexual culturesp. 244
British popular music, popular culture and exclusivityp. 262
British newspapers todayp. 279
The struggle for ethno-religious equality in Britain: the place of the Muslim communityp. 296
Guide to further readingp. 314
Indexp. 317
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