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The opening chapter begins with the premise that identity has become an “inescapable component” of security in the twenty-first century. Much of this is to do with global processes such as globalization and the effects they have on multicultural societies. In a supposedly multicultural country such as Britain, much debate has been had recently at the policy level about notions of “Britishness” and its connection to a secure society in which certain values are defined and followed. This chapter introduces the debates, and the theoretical frameworks under which analysis will be conducted, including identity theory, political myth, and discourse analysis.
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