Who Needs the Nation? Interrogating "British" History

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract

This paper pursues the question "who needs the nation?" which was first posed by Kobena Mercer, the Black British cultural critic, in Welcome to the Jungle (1994). It interrogates not just the proposition of who needs the nation as a fixed referent, but who can afford to be content to be contained by its disciplinary boundaries. These are questions of interest to practitioners committed to understanding what the ramifications are for national histories in the wake of postcolonial studies and work around diasporic communities and subjects. Who writes - who even sees - the histories of subjects exiled from the "national body", those refugees (deliberate or otherwise) from national history and its disciplinary regimes - before the 20th century, in the European context? Who questions the apparent naturalness of the nation as an analytical framework in western histories? And, finally, what does this question mean for the sovereignty of Greater Britain, whose historiography has traditionally been one of the technologies of the national state and which is in the process of being challenged and refigured through the analytics of culture, postcolonialism and feminism?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTwenty Years of the Journal of Historical Sociology
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on the British State
EditorsYoke-Sum Wong, Derek Sayer
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Pages72-94
Number of pages23
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9781444309706
ISBN (Print)9781405179331
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2008

Fingerprint

history
national state
historiography
feminism
sovereignty
refugee
critic
regime
community

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

Cite this

Burton, A. (2008). Who Needs the Nation? Interrogating "British" History. In Y-S. Wong, & D. Sayer (Eds.), Twenty Years of the Journal of Historical Sociology: Essays on the British State (Vol. 1, pp. 72-94). Wiley Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781444309706.ch3

Who Needs the Nation? Interrogating "British" History. / Burton, Antoinette.

Twenty Years of the Journal of Historical Sociology: Essays on the British State. ed. / Yoke-Sum Wong; Derek Sayer. Vol. 1 Wiley Blackwell, 2008. p. 72-94.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Burton, A 2008, Who Needs the Nation? Interrogating "British" History. in Y-S Wong & D Sayer (eds), Twenty Years of the Journal of Historical Sociology: Essays on the British State. vol. 1, Wiley Blackwell, pp. 72-94. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781444309706.ch3
Burton A. Who Needs the Nation? Interrogating "British" History. In Wong Y-S, Sayer D, editors, Twenty Years of the Journal of Historical Sociology: Essays on the British State. Vol. 1. Wiley Blackwell. 2008. p. 72-94 https://doi.org/10.1002/9781444309706.ch3
Burton, Antoinette. / Who Needs the Nation? Interrogating "British" History. Twenty Years of the Journal of Historical Sociology: Essays on the British State. editor / Yoke-Sum Wong ; Derek Sayer. Vol. 1 Wiley Blackwell, 2008. pp. 72-94
@inbook{d95e10bd525d4d66aa19346392e6ba69,
title = "Who Needs the Nation? Interrogating {"}British{"} History",
abstract = "This paper pursues the question {"}who needs the nation?{"} which was first posed by Kobena Mercer, the Black British cultural critic, in Welcome to the Jungle (1994). It interrogates not just the proposition of who needs the nation as a fixed referent, but who can afford to be content to be contained by its disciplinary boundaries. These are questions of interest to practitioners committed to understanding what the ramifications are for national histories in the wake of postcolonial studies and work around diasporic communities and subjects. Who writes - who even sees - the histories of subjects exiled from the {"}national body{"}, those refugees (deliberate or otherwise) from national history and its disciplinary regimes - before the 20th century, in the European context? Who questions the apparent naturalness of the nation as an analytical framework in western histories? And, finally, what does this question mean for the sovereignty of Greater Britain, whose historiography has traditionally been one of the technologies of the national state and which is in the process of being challenged and refigured through the analytics of culture, postcolonialism and feminism?",
author = "Antoinette Burton",
note = "Reprinted from Journal of Historical Sociology 10, 3 (1997).",
year = "2008",
month = "7",
doi = "10.1002/9781444309706.ch3",
language = "English (US)",
isbn = "9781405179331",
volume = "1",
pages = "72--94",
editor = "Yoke-Sum Wong and Derek Sayer",
booktitle = "Twenty Years of the Journal of Historical Sociology",
publisher = "Wiley Blackwell",
address = "Japan",

}

TY - CHAP

T1 - Who Needs the Nation? Interrogating "British" History

AU - Burton, Antoinette

N1 - Reprinted from Journal of Historical Sociology 10, 3 (1997).

PY - 2008/7

Y1 - 2008/7

N2 - This paper pursues the question "who needs the nation?" which was first posed by Kobena Mercer, the Black British cultural critic, in Welcome to the Jungle (1994). It interrogates not just the proposition of who needs the nation as a fixed referent, but who can afford to be content to be contained by its disciplinary boundaries. These are questions of interest to practitioners committed to understanding what the ramifications are for national histories in the wake of postcolonial studies and work around diasporic communities and subjects. Who writes - who even sees - the histories of subjects exiled from the "national body", those refugees (deliberate or otherwise) from national history and its disciplinary regimes - before the 20th century, in the European context? Who questions the apparent naturalness of the nation as an analytical framework in western histories? And, finally, what does this question mean for the sovereignty of Greater Britain, whose historiography has traditionally been one of the technologies of the national state and which is in the process of being challenged and refigured through the analytics of culture, postcolonialism and feminism?

AB - This paper pursues the question "who needs the nation?" which was first posed by Kobena Mercer, the Black British cultural critic, in Welcome to the Jungle (1994). It interrogates not just the proposition of who needs the nation as a fixed referent, but who can afford to be content to be contained by its disciplinary boundaries. These are questions of interest to practitioners committed to understanding what the ramifications are for national histories in the wake of postcolonial studies and work around diasporic communities and subjects. Who writes - who even sees - the histories of subjects exiled from the "national body", those refugees (deliberate or otherwise) from national history and its disciplinary regimes - before the 20th century, in the European context? Who questions the apparent naturalness of the nation as an analytical framework in western histories? And, finally, what does this question mean for the sovereignty of Greater Britain, whose historiography has traditionally been one of the technologies of the national state and which is in the process of being challenged and refigured through the analytics of culture, postcolonialism and feminism?

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84957676357&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84957676357&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1002/9781444309706.ch3

DO - 10.1002/9781444309706.ch3

M3 - Chapter

AN - SCOPUS:84957676357

SN - 9781405179331

VL - 1

SP - 72

EP - 94

BT - Twenty Years of the Journal of Historical Sociology

A2 - Wong, Yoke-Sum

A2 - Sayer, Derek

PB - Wiley Blackwell

ER -