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One Nation Under a Groove? Identity and Multiculturalism in Britain

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  • Andreas Georgiadis
  • Alan Manning

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There is a lot of evidence that identity matters for behavior. There is a widespread belief that societies will function better if they manage to establish a common sense of identity among the population. And there are also contemporary fears that this common identity is threatened in several countries. In this paper we investigate the correlates of various measures of identity in the UK, a country currently greatly concerned about a perceived failure to build a common identity from a collection of diverse cultures. We find that the alleged failure to establish a British identity among ethnic minorities is exaggerated - for most their ethnicity and religion seem no barrier to a British identity. But there is a segment of the white population that clearly feels neglected and alienated, and are hostile to the multicultural agenda.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Performance, LSE in its series CEP Discussion Papers with number dp0944.

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  1. Andreas Georgiadis & Alan Manning, 2009. "Theory of Values," CEP Discussion Papers, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE dp0943, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.

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