National Day: Achieving Collective Identity on the Isle of Man

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Abstract

This chapter aims to elaborate and understand the diversity of interpretation. It draws on the sights and sounds of the day, and the dialectic between the two and focuses on the divergent views of those present and not present. The chapter demonstrates the complexities and contradictions of contemporary Manx society, and aims to explore how a society which has undergone a period and significant social change might begin to ‘manufacture’ an inclusive nationalism which satisfies all ‘interests’. The Isle of Man is situated midway between England and Ireland, in the centre of the Irish Sea. A woman of Manx birth explained that she had not been to Tynwald since returning to the Island after years of working away. Its colonialist overtones, she said, made her feel uncomfortable. Each of the ‘parishes’ in the Isle of Man has a ‘Captain’, whose duties are mainly ceremonial.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritish Subjects
Subtitle of host publicationAn Anthropology of Britain
EditorsNigel Rapport
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter2
Pages49-66
Number of pages18
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9781003084822
ISBN (Print)9781859735510
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2002

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