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A Debate about the Definition of 'Britishness'


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Speaker(s): Professor Sir Bernard Crick, Professor Anne Phillips
Chair: Professor David Held

Recorded on 11 March 2008 in Old Theatre, Old Building.

As the composition of British society transforms with immigration and transnational identities, ideas about the notion of 'Britishness' are changing too. In the interest of a cohesive citizenry, must the UK return to 'core British values'? Or should Britain's identity change with its population? Should a British identity even exist? Sir Bernard Crick is emeritus professor of Birkbeck College and author of Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey to Citizenship, the basis for the UK citizenship exam. Anne Phillips is professor of Political and Gender Theory at LSE and author of Multiculturalism Without Culture.

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