Strangers on the shore? Racialized representation, identity and in/visibilities of whiteness at the English seaside

BURDSEY, DANIEL (2011) Strangers on the shore? Racialized representation, identity and in/visibilities of whiteness at the English seaside Cultural Sociology, 5 (4). pp. 537-552. ISSN 1749-9755

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Abstract

This article presents an alternative reading of the English seaside – one that centralizes race, specifically the effects of whiteness and racialized notions of belonging and exclusion. It addresses three main issues. First, it provides a theoretical discussion of the racialized production of social space and place, and outlines the implications for minority ethnic groups at the seaside. Second, it offers an examination of the manner in which discourses of whiteness and (neo-)colonial fantasy are reproduced through amusements and other elements of seaside popular culture. Third, it demonstrates the centrality of the seaside to analysing dominant, racialized interpretations of English national identity and demotic responses to contemporary immigration. The article argues that the seaside is an enlightening site for understanding contemporary constructions, manifestations and repercussions of whiteness, and thus provides an important insight into the cultural and spatial politics of race in 21st-century Britain.

Item Type:Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords:identity; ethinicity; immigration; seaside; space; whiteness
Subjects:L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L330 Ethnic studies
L000 Social Sciences > L900 Cultural Studies
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1177/1749975511401275
Faculties:Faculty of Education and Sport > Chelsea School
ID Code:9227
Deposited By:Converis
Deposited On:04 Oct 2011 10:25
Last Modified:08 Jan 2013 16:03

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