Accepted Paper:

Anxieties of Englishness and participation in democracy  
Katherine Smith (University of Manchester)

Paper long abstract:

In the bi-elections in May 2006, there was only a marginal difference between the amount of votes the far-right British National Party received and the amount the winning Labour Party received in the electoral ward of Higher Blackley, North Manchester, England. This paper will explore some of the contingencies that have led some individuals in Higher Blackley toward more Right Wing political ideals and how everyday life experiences influence how a person participates in democracy. I will explore the role of 'fairness' and its ever-changing moral and ethical associations with governmental parties and voting patterns in Higher Blackley, and will explain how many individuals place government and bureaucracy outside of discourses on 'fairness' because of the sense of 'mis-representations' which national and local government associate with 'working class', 'white', 'English' individuals, particularly in urban spaces as well as local perceptions of 'being ignored' in a 'multicultural Britain'.

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