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First Assignment

Miss Saira Tajdar

Name: Farishta
Reg# 302-1111113
Term: U (CBS)
Program: BBA
Day: Saturday (Morning)

moderated by prevailing southwest winds over the North Atlantic Current. black 2%.6%.1% (2001 census) Government: constitutional monarchy Language in the UK The United Kingdom does not have a constitutionally defined official language.6% (2001 census) Religions: Christian (Anglican. Immigrants have naturally brought many foreign languages from across the globe.8%. mixed 1. Other native languages to the Isles include Welsh. Presbyterian. CULTURE. English is the main language (being spoken monolingually by more than 70% of the UK population) and is thus the de facto official language.9%) 92. CUSTOMS AND ETIQUETTE Location: Western Europe. Hindu 1%. other 1.9%. Ulster Scots. Irish. Northern Irish 2. northwest of France Capital: London Climate: temperate.238 (July 2007 est. .1%. Muslim 2. Scottish 8. Welsh 4.UK . islands including the northern one-sixth of the island of Ireland between the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea.6%.LANGUAGE. Roman Catholic.) Ethnic Make-up: white (of which English 83. Cornish. unspecified or none 23. Methodist) 71.776.7%. more than one-half of the days are overcast Population: 60.2%. other 1.6%. Indian 1.3%. Gaelic and British Sign Language.6%. Pakistani 1.

Be sure not to call someone Welsh. Scotland. people from varied backgrounds have had greater access to higher education. It is important not only to be aware of these geographical distinctions. 'English' refers to people from England. or Northern Irish „English‟. People from Scotland are 'Scots'. Wales. wealth distribution is changing and more upward/downward mobility is occurring. Scots. 'British' denotes someone who is from England. and Northern Ireland. Scotland. the British class system is still very . The Class System Although in the past few decades. from Wales „Welsh‟ and from Northern Ireland „Irish‟.British Society. The terms 'English' and 'British' do not mean the same thing. but also the strong sense of identity and nationalism felt by the populations of these four nations. People and Culture The United Kingdom The United Kingdom is comprised of four countries: England. Wales or Northern Ireland.

Spain or Germany. of this description of us as "awfully class conscious"? It's tempting to say that that's out of date. . When David Cameron wielded his veto at the December save-the-euro summit. finding that children born into poor families here have a lower chance of getting on than they do in Italy. manners and comportment. is a key difference between us and our fellow Europeans. the moment when we were unambiguously on the side of good. Class is no longer simply about wealth or where one lives. The OECD put Britain at the bottom of the social mobility league table. a show entirely about the intricacies of class and which apparently longs for a return to Edwardian notions of hierarchy? The smash West End play One Man. But the figures are much less comforting. though. We vote for Churchill as our Greatest Briton and revere the Queen in part because she is a direct link to that chapter in our history. What message do we Brits think we send when our signature cultural export of 2011 was Downton Abbey. A Multicultural Society Formerly a very homogenous society. For reasons that are not all bad. Britain Stereotypes: Class conscious? What. the noble story of modern Britain's birth. of course. Two Guvnors similarly revolves around class. the speed with which he was compared to the British Tommy in the legendary 1940 cartoon – stoically declaring. alone" – testified to a nation that still views Europe through a wartime lens. we have turned 1939-45 into a kind of creation myth.much intact although in a more subconscious way. Unfortunately. Pakistan and the West Indies. since World War II. Even if the figures were not against us. accent. that most Britons now belong in the vast. the British are able to suss out someone‟s class through a number of complex variables including demeanour. That. The playing field is levelling but the British still seem to pigeon-hole people according to class. The mixture of ethnic groups and cultures make it difficult to define “Britishness” nowadays and a debate rages within the nation as to what now really constitutes being a Briton. it's not just a foreigners' myth that in Britain how one speaks and what school one attended still counts. Britain has become increasingly diverse as it has accommodated large immigrant populations. "Very well. France. for whom that period is anything but simple or unambiguous. Second world war obsession? Nor can we easily deny our obsession with the last war. sprawling middle class. particularly from its former colonies such as India. we could hardly complain if our fellow Europeans think we have a hang-up about class.

then they should hear what we say about them. Despite everything. but then go too far. . We are not merely a mini-America of let-it-rip free-marketism. it's contradictory. Compared with other European countries. than the hooligan/City gent image allows. There's a hint of it in that Polish suggestion that the Brits are "kind and friendly to immigrants".) But it is also incomplete. Some of our public services – the NHS. There is a vibrancy to modern British life that eludes the cliche's grasp. And if that's hard for some of our European neighbours to accept. How can Britons simultaneously be both self-controlled and prone to rip our clothes off in a drunken haze? (One answer might be that we're repressed and need alcohol to loosen up. more tolerant. Britain is not broken. especially in our big cities. the BBC – are still cherished.And yet no Brit could accept the caricature of us without some dissent. generally. We are now a much more diverse and varied society. For one thing. More tolerant? For the stereotype captures much of what we were and still are – but misses out who we have become. it's probably true that Britain is.