Agenda • The country • The people • The religion • The queen • Their believes • Typically British • Conclusion
Great Britain • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland • Population: ~ 60 millionpeople • Capital Cities: • United Kingdom: London • England: London • Scotland: Edinburgh • Wales: Cardiff
GB = UK? • No! • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland GB UK
HDI • Human development index • used to rank countries by level of "human development" • Life expectancy, Knowledge and education, Standard of living
The union jack • Which one is the culture of UK?
The union jack • Where is the welsh flag? • It’s missing • Alternative Suggestion (incl. Wales) • was never used
The people • people from the UK – “What is your identity?” • … answered separately by people from England, Scotland and Wales
The people • “What is your identity?” • Most English people feel British • People from Wales and Scotland more feel to be Walsh / Scottish • Scottish & Walsh people think that • British = English • For British people it’s the same!
The people • Ethnicgroups
The religion • Religions
The religion • Church of England - Officially established church • The Church of England understands itself to be both Catholic and Reformed • The British monarch (Queen Elizabeth II), has the constitutional title of "Supreme Governor of the Church of England". • The canon law of the Church of England states, "We acknowledge that the Queen’s most excellent Majesty, acting according to the laws of the realm, is the highest power under God in this kingdom, and has supreme authority over all persons in all causes, as well ecclesiastical as civil."
The religion • Importance of religion • UK - Germany
The Society • Power distance index (PDI) • Individualism • Masculinity
Social structure Aristocracy, land owners, high educated professionals ... Small part of the society Less educated professionals, Blue Collar jobs Low educated, Blue Collar jobs in industry...
Social structure • British society moved from working-class society to a service society • Movement from working class to middle class • UK was one of the origins of the industrial revolution • Proud of their working class • It’s no bad thing to be part of the working class / middle class
Working class hero • John Lennon • Released 1970 As soon as your born they make you feel small, By giving you no time instead of it all, Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all, A working class hero is something to be, … They hurt you at home and they hit you at school, They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool, Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules, A working class hero is something to be, A working class hero is something to be. …
The society • Importance of work
The society • It is important to this person to be rich?
The society • Importance of leisure time
The society • British people seem not to be the most enthusiastic workers. • Especially the middle & working class • There are more important things in life! • Football • Pubs ... Just to name 2 of them
Football • Not called soccer! • England is home to the oldest football clubs in the world (1857) • National sport in England • Taken quite serious • Tough way of playing • Tip: Become best friends by cheering for the same team!
Football • Hooliganism • unruly and destructive behaviour of sports fans • Indicator for social unhappiness • 1980s, 1990s … rise of hooliganism - parallel rise in unemployment • Organizers of FIFA world cups tend to be „afraid“ of British Hools • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giT59xxnpOA&feature=related
Pubs(publichouses) • For a British person, the “local” is a part of life. • a place to relax • perhaps even more so than at home • escape troubles and responsibilities
Pubs • British people drink a lot • minimum drinking age is 18 • Tip: never ask for 'a beer'! • Ask for a specific type, or use a brand name • “a pint of bitter” • “a lager” • … a pint
Asterix in britain • Stereotypes • Interactive session