Public conceptions and constructions of 'British values': A qualitative analysis

Jarvis, Lee, Marsden, Lee and Atakav, Eylem (2019) Public conceptions and constructions of 'British values': A qualitative analysis. British Journal of Politics & International Relations. ISSN 1369-1481

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Abstract

This article draws on original focus group research to explore constructions of ‘British values’, in ‘everyday’ discourse. Two prominent, yet competing, conceptions of this term are identified: political/institutional and social/cultural. Although each of these conceptions risks essentialising ‘British values’, this risk is mitigated by publics in at least three ways: (i) explicit recognition of the term’s ambiguities; (ii) discussion of its political motivations and exclusionary outcomes; and, (iii) identification of qualitative change in the meaning of ‘British values’ over time. As the first exploration of public understandings of this term, their differences, and these complications, the paper offers three contributions: (i) adding breadth to existing studies of everyday nationalism through focus on ‘British values’ specifically; (ii) shedding light on this trope’s work in broader conversations around social and political life in the UK; and (iii) facilitating reflection on the reception of, resistance to, and re-making of elite political discourse.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2019 12:30
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2019 07:31
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/71956
DOI: 10.1177/1369148119873065

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