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While not much is known about the presence of certain ethnic and religious minorities in England, one can say with some certainty and (only slightly facetiously) that England was inhabited by a large population that came to be seen as ‘white’ and yet we have not uncovered ways of discussing this as a factor in English identity formation. Even as scholars examine the social, political and imaginative construction of whiteness, whiteness still becomes normative so long as we assume that its viability as a racial signifier is self-evident.
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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.