Whatever happened to dominant discourse?

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This paper draws on twelve months of ethnographic fieldwork in Higher Blackley, North Manchester, England, to explore the ways in which individuals and groups who identify themselves and are identified as 'white', 'working class' and 'English' resist what they perceive as dominant ideas and discourses, deeply unsettling of their 'Englishness'. Perceptions and expectations of 'fairness' underpin social relations in Higher Blackley and this paper will explore perceptions of dominance through the local idiom of fairness. I explore how sentiments of belonging in this area are then imaginatively transposed onto national and international levels. © Berghahn Books and the Association for Anthropology in Action.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-32
Number of pages13
JournalAnthropology in Action
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • 'Englishness'
  • Belonging
  • Dominant discourse
  • Fairness
  • Government policies
  • Immigration
  • Political correctness
  • Social exclusion


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