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Contemporary Britain
A Survey With Texts

ISBN 9780415150385
Published March 20, 2001 by Routledge
270 Pages

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Book Description

Contemporary Britain is the latest book from the bestselling author of British Civilization and American Civilization. It is a wide-ranging collection of sources concerning every important aspect of life in Britain today, from national identity to moral panics and offers an accurate snapshot of life in Britain at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Topics covered include:

* Britain's role in world affairs
* British national identity
* constitutional reform within Britain
* social institutions including the NHS
* political parties
* Morality and religion.

Lively and accessible Contemporary Britain is the essential companion for anyone studying current British civilization.

Table of Contents

1.Contemporary Britain: The Context Decline  The Establishment  Centralization and Democracy Models of British Society  2. Images of Britain  External Images  Internal Images  Contrasting Images  The People's Images  3. National Identities  Britishness  Tensions  Change and Reaction  Public Opinion  4. Political Ideologies  The Labour Party  The Conservative Party  The Liberal Democrats  5. Constitutional Reform  The British Constitution  Devolution  The House of Lords  Civil Liberties  6. Britain and the World  Foreign Policy  Europe and the European Union  The Euro (Common Currency) Debate  The Commonwealth Defence Policy and NATO  7. Central Social Institutions  The Welfare State  Social Security  Poverty  The National Health Service (NHS)  Education  8. Social Behaviour and 'Moral Panics'  Teenage Pregnancies and Drugs  Crime and the Fear of Crime  Marriage  Racism  Moral Concern  Religious Behaviour

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