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'Passing unnoticed in a French crowd' : the passing performances of British SOE agents in Occupied France

Pattinson, Juliette (2010) 'Passing unnoticed in a French crowd' : the passing performances of British SOE agents in Occupied France. National Identities, 12 (3). pp. 291-308.

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    Abstract

    This article examines the dissimulation, construction and assumption of national identities using as a case study male and female British agents who were infiltrated into Nazi-Occupied France during the Second World War. The British nationals recruited by the SOE's F section had, as a result of their upbringing, developed a French ‘habitus’ (linguistic skills, mannerisms and knowledge of customs) that enabled them to conceal their British paramilitary identities and ‘pass’ as French civilians. The article examines the diverse ways in which individuals attempted to construct French identities linguistically (through accent and use of vocabulary, slang and swear words), visually (through their physical appearance and clothing) and performatively (by behaving in particular ways).

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 31922
    Keywords: France, British, French identities, passing, habitus, British identities, World War II, Environmental Science(all), Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
    Subjects: History General and Old World > History (General) > World War II
    Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > History
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    Depositing user: Pure Administrator
    Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2011 14:43
    Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 09:26
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/31922

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