‘Who Is British Music?’ Placing Migrants in National Music History



Tackley, CJ, Scheding, Florian, Scott, Derek B, Levi, Erik, Williams, Justin and Western, Tom
(2018) ‘Who Is British Music?’ Placing Migrants in National Music History. Twentieth Century Music, 15 (3). pp. 439-492.

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Abstract

In 2013, trucks and vans were driving across London, bearing the message ‘In the UK illegally? Go home or face arrest.’ These mobile billboards declared the number of arrests that had taken place ‘in your area’ in the previous week and provided a number to which people could text the message ‘HOME’ to initiate voluntary repatriation. In 2016, Theresa May, who had organised this scheme as home secretary, became prime minister, following the upheaval caused by the country's plebiscite to leave the European Union. One of the main strands of argument of the successful ‘Brexit’ campaign centred on the ‘deep public anxiety . . . about uncontrolled immigration’ and promised to reduce numbers of immigrants to the country. This desire to control the nation's borders continued to dominate the official soundscape of Britain's government. At the 2016 annual Tory conference, May endeavoured to draw clear lines on issues of belonging, territory, citizenship, and the fuzzy notion of British values, discursively excluding not only migrants, but also anyone with an international(ist) outlook from the national debate: ‘If you believe you are a citizen of the world’, she posited, ‘you are a citizen of nowhere.’

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 3603 Music, 36 Creative Arts and Writing
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2019 12:55
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2024 07:47
DOI: 10.1017/S1478572218000257
Open Access URL: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/publica...
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3019023