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