On Englishness

Gay, D. (2012) On Englishness. Anvil, 28(2),

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In this article, Scottish practical theologian Doug Gay offers a personal and theological perspective on Englishness, tracking his own changing knowledges of it since childhood, before reading it in terms of a theological case for celebrating and protecting cultural diversity. The article offers trenchant criticisms of how Englishness is performed in public rituals and popular culture, while appreciating the dilemmas posed in the necessary work of reclaiming and decontaminating English identity. It challenges English theologians and churchpeople, in particular those within the Church of England, to accept responsibility for forging a new 'ethical' English nationalism, which can promote the common good internally and generate external relations of peace, respect and co-operation.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Englishness, nationalism, national identity, practical theology
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gay, Rev Doug
Authors: Gay, D.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Journal Name:Anvil
Journal Abbr.:Anvil
Publisher:Anvil Trustees
ISSN (Online):0969-7373
Published Online:01 July 2012

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