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The Companion to Modern British Culture


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.



Introduction: modern British culture / Michael Higgins, Clarissa Smith and John Storey 
Becoming British / John Storey 
Language developments in British English / David Crystal
Schooling and culture / Ken Jones
The changing character of political communication / John Street
Contemporary Britain and its regions / John Tomaney 
Contemporary British cinema / Sarah Street
Contemporary British fiction / Patricia Waugh 
Contemporary British poetry / Alex Goody 
Theatre in modern British culture / Michael Mangan 
Contemporary British television / Jane Arthurs 
British art in the twenty-first century / Valerie Reardon 
British fashion / Caroline Evans 
Sport in contemporary Britain / Ellis Cashmore 
British sexual cultures / Clarissa Smith
British popular music, popular culture and exclusivity / Sheila Whiteley
British newspapers today / Michael Higgins
The struggle for ethno-religious equality in Britain: the place of the Muslim community / Tariq Madood.

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