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dc.contributor.authorBonacchi, Chiaraen_UK
dc.contributor.authorAltaweel, Marken_UK
dc.contributor.authorKrzyzanska, Martaen_UK
dc.description.abstractThis article assesses the role of the pre-modern past in the construction of political identities relating to the UK’s membership in the European Union, by examining how materials and ideas from Iron Age to Early Medieval Britain and Europe were leveraged by those who discussed the topic of Brexit in over 1.4 million messages published in dedicated Facebook pages. Through a combination of data-intensive and qualitative investigations of textual data, we identify the ‘heritages’ invoked in support of pro- or anti-Brexit sentiments. We show how these heritages are centred around myths of origins, resistance and collapse that incorporate tensions and binary divisions. We highlight the strong influence of past expert practices in shaping such deeply entrenched dualistic thinking and reflect over the longue durée agency of heritage expertise. This is the first systematic study of public perceptions and experience of the past in contemporary society undertaken through digital heritage research fuelled by big data. The article is thus foundational, contributing significantly to theory in cultural heritage studies. It is also the first published work to analyse the role of heritage in the construction of political identities in relation to Brexit, via extensive social research.en_UK
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen_UK
dc.relationBonacchi C, Altaweel M & Krzyzanska M (2018) The heritage of Brexit: Roles of the past in the construction of political identities through social media. Journal of Social Archaeology, 18 (2), pp. 174-192.
dc.rightsBonacchi C, Altaweel M & Krzyzanska M (2018) The heritage of Brexit: Roles of the past in the construction of political identities through social media, Journal of Social Archaeology, 18 (2), pp. 174-192. Copyright © Authors 2018. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.en_UK
dc.subjectDigital heritageen_UK
dc.subjectpolitical identitiesen_UK
dc.subjectbig dataen_UK
dc.titleThe heritage of Brexit: Roles of the past in the construction of political identities through social mediaen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleJournal of Social Archaeologyen_UK
dc.type.statusAM - Accepted Manuscripten_UK
dc.contributor.funderArts and Humanities Research Councilen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity College Londonen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Cambridgeen_UK
dc.description.refREF Compliant by Deposit in Stirling's Repositoryen_UK
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