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Why is there such severe curiosity this present day within the proposal of 'Britishness'? Does it really count, and what's 'Britishness' besides? Why does 'being British' appear to be fairly valued by means of black and Asian Britons? And why are the conventional British values of tolerance, sexual modesty and civic generosity now so much hugely adored among beginners? Ian Bradley makes a special contribution to the talk approximately British id. He explains why Liverpool is the main British of united kingdom towns, how a small village off the M6 highway is arguably Britain's religious center, and what topic parks, airport retailers and consuming conduct let us know in regards to the modern nationwide personality. it's always claimed that the united kingdom is without doubt one of the so much secular international locations in the world. however the writer controversially argues that Britishness - just like the overlapping crosses of the four hundred year-old Union flag - is healthier understood in non secular phrases. British identification encompasses either a resurgent curiosity in religion, and a tolerant team spirit in variety, the variety of a society which now embodies Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and lots of different - together with secular - traditions. Bradley's concept of 'Britishness' represents a favorable substitute to fundamentalism, slender nationalism and jingoism.

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