EPISODE SWAP – Who do we think we are? presents Global Britain: Of Kings, Songs and Migrants

Uncommon Sense

12-05-2023 • 46分

What does Eurovision have to do with the Coronation? In this episode swap, the team at Who do we think we are? is talking about what we learn about “Global Britain” and its imagined community by looking at how migrants understand major cultural events.

Elena Zambelli explains what social scientists mean when they talk about the imagined community. Laura Clancy, sociologist of the royal family, joins us to talk about the missing voices in conversations about the future of the British monarchy. Co-hosts Nando Sigona and Michaela Benson reflect on what British citizens living abroad, EU citizens and others who have made the UK their homes told them about how they understand Britain and their place within it following Brexit. What does hearing from them about the monarchy, the Commonwealth Games and Eurovision make visible about the new borders of political membership and symbolic boundaries of belonging?

In this episode we cover:

  1. The imagined community
  2. The monarchy and the myth of the British nation
  3. Eurovision, the Commonwealth Games and Royal Events

Active listening questions:

  • What imagined community, or imagined communities, do you feel that you belong to?
  • Are there public events during which you do or could celebrate your belonging to this or these communities? Which ones?
  • Who do you think is excluded from this imagined community and how? And what does this tell us about the symbolic boundaries of this community?

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