‘Passing unnoticed in a French crowd’: The passing performances of British SOE agents in Occupied France

  title={‘Passing unnoticed in a French crowd’: The passing performances of British SOE agents in Occupied France},
  author={Juliette Pattinson},
  journal={National Identities},
  pages={291 - 308}
  • J. Pattinson
  • Published 1 September 2010
  • Sociology
  • National Identities
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… 
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