‘Careful what you wish for: thinking through the neoliberal nation’ | G. Macphee- openDemocracy

‘Careful what you wish for: thinking through the neoliberal nation’ | G. Macphee- openDemocracy

In fact, as scholars like Ian Baucom have shown, Englishness was always a (sometimes more and sometimes less visible) component of imperial Britishness. The power of imperial Britishness lay precisely in its claim to rise above ‘particular’ nationalisms (and so provide a home for them under its overarching banner), while at the same time giving its supposedly inclusive framework a decidedly English character. […] While Britishness is much more English than it is prepared to admit, Englishness is much more imperial than it likes to remember.

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