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Identity and Security Narratives in Contemporary Britain

  • Julian Richards
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Abstract

This chapter takes the principles developed in previous chapters concerning identity theory, political myth and discourse analysis, and applies them to three indicative case studies. These comprise: an official narrative about “multiculturalism” delivered by the former British Prime Minister, David Cameron; a critical Islamist narrative in the shape of a response to Cameron’s speech by Hizb-ut Tahrir; and a “Far Right” perspective represented by a statement by the English Defence League (EDL) about inter-community relations in contemporary Britain. All of these narratives to differing degrees display the use of language in weaving an identity politics, and the conscious development of political myth.

Keywords

Security Narrative English Defence League (EDL) Toxic Brand Extreme Counts Muscular Liberalism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julian Richards
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  1. 1.University of BuckinghamBuckinghamUnited Kingdom

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