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'Fundamental British Values': What's fundamental? What's value? And what's (now) British?

Stronach, I and Frankham, J (2020) 'Fundamental British Values': What's fundamental? What's value? And what's (now) British? International Review of Qualitative Research, 13 (1). pp. 9-22. ISSN 1940-8447

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We hope to give shallow answers to that first ‘deep’ question; to slight the question of ‘value’ as mainly ‘interested commodities’, and to throw darkness rather than light on the now increasingly troubled question of ‘British’ identity. Our approach is not to define ‘fundamental British values’ (as we will show, that proved impossible) but to represent the multiplicity of contradictory contents that invest its form. In such a ‘performative agonistics’ (Blyth, Chapman, Stronach, 2016; Toscano, 2016; Frankham and Tracy, 2012), we anticipate a dissemination rather than an insemination of meaning, in contrast with the ongoing neoliberal ‘rage for certainty’ (MacLure, 2005; Badiou, 2013). ‘Fundamental British Values’ in Badiou’s terms, is a polysemous ‘event’, whose performances and contexts should be regarded within a series of theatrical metaphors – an ‘amphitheatre’ of meanings, perhaps, in a ‘post-truth’ world (Trapido, 2016: 57). Thus these deconstructions should be seen as part of a more generic critique of neoliberal enclosures that seek for definitions, essences, identities and quantifications (Zuboff, 2019).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1399 Other Education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Education
Publisher: Sage Publications
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2020 08:45
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2022 16:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/1940844720908571
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12326
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