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    O the Roast Beef of Old England! Brexit and Gastronationalism

    Edwards, Jason (2019) O the Roast Beef of Old England! Brexit and Gastronationalism. The Political Quarterly 90 (4), pp. 629-636. ISSN 0032-3179.

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    Abstract

    ‘Gastronationalism’ is the idea that there are distinctive and authentic national food cultures that are threatened by the forces of globalisation. It is a myth: there are no unique or authentically distinctive national culinary cultures. But the idea of gastronationalism is a powerful one that can have important political effects, as Brexit shows. In this article, I chart the rise of British food with regard to Britain’s historical relationship with Europe and the EU. I consider how different understandings of British food culture—one more nativist, one more cosmopolitan—have played a symbolic role in the debate on Brexit, before considering the broader relationship between contemporary populist nationalism and gastronationalism.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Jason Edwards
    Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2019 07:30
    Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 17:59
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/30262

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