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Foxes, green fields and Britishness: On the rhetorical construction of place and national identity.

Wallwork, J. and Dixon, John A. (2004) Foxes, green fields and Britishness: On the rhetorical construction of place and national identity. British Journal of Social Psychology, 43 (1). pp. 21-39. ISSN 0144-6665

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Abstract

This paper explores an accepted but under researched feature of national categories: their complex relationship with social constructions of place. We argue that social psychological work on national identification and mobilization would benefit from closer attention to this relationship. In order to develop this argument, we analyse a series of newspaper accounts published on behalf of the Countryside Alliance, a coalition formed to preserve rural ‘ways of life’ in the UK and, more specifically, to defend extant practices of hunting. Applying a discourse analytic method, we show how the Alliance has exploited the rhetoric of place in order to portray the preservation of hunting as an issue of national significance. By associating British identity with the ‘rural idyll’ of the English countryside, the organization has appealed to a place construction in which hunting and its associated activities become cast as essential expressions of the national character. Building on relevant work in geography and discursive psychology, we trace some wider implications of this process for social psychological research on category construction, rei� cation and collective mobilization.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Social Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 10924
Deposited By: Dr John Dixon
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2008 11:48
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 16:00
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/10924

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