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What is it that defines Englishness From creating empires tea on the lawn days at the races keeping a stiff upper limit Shakespeare Queen Victoria thatched country cottages to bingo is this is a true reflection of Englishness or merely another contrived example of packaged heritage harking back to an Englishness that perhaps never was What signs are there today in the English nation of great traditions empire building and the pioneering spirit If you are English how do you feel about being English in the new millennium If you are not English what are your perceptions of Englishness Do they differ from your perceptions before you arrived in England With such a broad subject to cover the following areas need to be considered The imagery of Englishness the sound of Englishness and the language What immediately springs to mind when considering Englishness Ask most people and the response you are likely to get will be similar to the following list cricket patriotism tea class public school bowler hats sexual repression and the village green This list consists of things that are often considered to be typically English However it does not apply to the majority of the population It is old fashioned and male gendered it is a constructed image It does not take into account that 51 of the population is female An image such as this is chosen for a reason rather than originating from any factual basis It is a particular point of view the dominant ideology of the ruling class So in light of this the question to be asked is why do people who are not part of the dominant class take on these notions and feel proud to be English especially when it is unlikely that they will ever become the person represented by the dominant ideology The answer is tied in with Marxism ie ideas are generated by a small group of people with power and
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