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The Cambridge 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, at 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. M I C H A E L H I G G I N S is Director of the Journalism and Creative Writing programme at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. C L A R I S S A S M I T H is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies in the School of Art, Design and Media, University of Sunderland. J O H N S T O R E Y is Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland.

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Introduction: modern British culture 1
M ic h a e l H ig gi n s , C l a r i s s a S m i t h a n d Joh n S t o r e y

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Becoming British
joh n s t o r e y

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First published 2010

2 Language developments in British English
dav i d c rys ta l

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3 Schooling and culture 42
k e n jo n e s

4 The changing character of political communications
joh n s t r e e t

62 5 Contemporary Britain and its regions
joh n t o m a n e y

79 6 Contemporary British cinema
sa r a h str eet

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