ERIC Number: EJ745355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
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A New Kind of English: Cultural Variance, Citizenship and DiY Politics amongst the Exodus Collective in England
Blackstone, Lee Robert
Social Forces, v84 n2 p803-820 Dec 2005
This article addresses the construction of citizenship in contemporary England as a boundary between "proper" and "improper" English behavior. Through an ethnographic study of the Exodus Collective, a Rastafarian-anarchist community that was located north of London, I show that constructing citizenship also constructs criminality by indicating inclusion or exclusion in England. The Exodus Collective's alternative lifestyle and radical politics transgressed on mainstream British values, and their cultural variance marked the group as outsiders in English society. I argue that the classic model of English citizenship proposed by T.H. Marshall is too linear and static, and fails to capture the reality of a present-day English citizenship that is neither fixed nor secure. I propose that the cultural features of citizenship have become increasingly important to the social construction of deviance.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Citizenship, Ethnography, Behavior Patterns, Population Groups, Life Style, Politics, Values, Cultural Differences, Social Attitudes
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)