February 17, 2004
The English identity
R. Cohen (1997) Global Diasporas - An Introduction中介绍British diasporas里面对英国认同的一个简小精湛的概括
Like other diasporic communities, there are often exaggerations of home cultures as British-diasporas show an exaggerated mannerism and demonstrations of patriotism often made the British abroad more “British” than the British at home! The Britain to which the British diaspora looked has been dominated by English aspirations and signified by the monarchy, the gentlemen’s clubs, the benign feudalism of P.G. Wodehouse’s novels, the Sepctator and the Daily Telegraph (intellectuals), Punch and the Daily Mail, cricket at Lords, the regatta at Henley, lawn tennis at Wimbledon, preparatory and boarding schools.