Who Needs the Nation? Interrogating "British" History

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEssays on the British State
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781444309706
ISBN (Print)9781405179331
StatePublished - Apr 17 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


Dive into the research topics of 'Who Needs the Nation? Interrogating "British" History'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this