The Character of Britishness

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The idea of "Britishness" has long been associated with long-established traditions, literary tradition, and a sense of national unity. In recent decades, or even centuries, however, there has been some devolution of this central culture that could be termed "Britishness." Indeed, the idea has even taken hold of politics, where a number of politicians have concerned themselves with creating a sense of unified Britishness. For many, however, this is an artificial paradigm, which is destined to drive British citizens apart rather than bringing them together. In evaluating the statement that a unified British identity resides in a sense of shared values could therefore be somewhat problematic in terms of the values themselves, the current trend towards individualism, and the multicultural nature of residents in the United Kingdom. According to several authors, politicians are not wrong to surmise that there is a significant decline in a unified national British identity. Kerr (2012), for example, confirms this by noting that there has been a decline in the proportion of British citizens who attach great value to their identity as Britons as part of their primary national identity. Instead, there has been a rise of persons describing themselves as either Scottish, Welsh, or English. In other words, individualized cultures in the United Kingdom are finding greater importance in these cultures than in a unified sense of British culture. This is also indicative of a sense of
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