What is “Britishness”?
The Commission for Racial Equality (now part of the Equality and Human Rights Commission) wanted to understand the ways in which British people, of different ethnic backgrounds and living in England, Scotland and Wales, think about “Britishness”. Specifically, they wanted to:
- Obtain a detailed understanding of the process of integration.
- Investigate “Britishness”, and bring society closer to answering the question, “What is Britishness?”
- Explore whether and how “Britishness” plays a role in integration.
- Stimulate debate about “Britishness”.
Using a combination of focus groups, word associations and sentence-completion exercises, ETHNOS interviewed 96 people from various different ethnic backgrounds, all of whom were British citizens. The sample was equally split between England, Scotland and Wales.
The final report was published and used as the basis for a national discussion about “Britishness”.