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The BBC and National Identity in Britain, 1922-53
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The BBC and National Identity in Britain, 1922-53

Thomas Hajkowski

Abstract

Examining the ways in which the BBC constructed and disseminated British national identity during the second quarter of the twentieth century, this book focuses in a comprehensive way on how the BBC, through its radio programmes, tried to represent what it meant to be British. It offers a revision of histories of regional broadcasting in Britain that interpret it as a form of cultural imperialism. The regional organisation of the BBC, and the news and creative programming designed specifically for regional listeners, reinforced the cultural and historical distinctiveness of Scotland, Wales and ... More

Keywords: BBC, British national identity, radio programmes, regional broadcasting, cultural imperialism, dual identities, nationalism, British imperialism, mass media, media history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780719079443
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719079443.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Hajkowski, author