National Days: Constructing and Mobilizing National Identity

Paperback | November 24, 2009

EditorDavid McCrone, Gayle McPherson

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The book shows how national days are best understood in the context of debates about national identity. It argues that national days are contested and manipulated, as well as subject to political, cultural and social pressure. It brings together some of the most recent research on national days and sets it in a comparative context.

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The book shows how national days are best understood in the context of debates about national identity. It argues that national days are contested and manipulated, as well as subject to political, cultural and social pressure. It brings together some of the most recent research on national days and sets it in a comparative context.

DAVID MCCRONE is Professor of Sociology, Institute of Governance, University of Edinburgh, UK. GAYLE MCPHERSON is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Policy, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.87 × 5.62 × 0.79 inPublished:November 24, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230236618

ISBN - 13:9780230236615

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Table of Contents

Introduction; D.McCrone & G.McPherson * The Calendar Conundrum: National Days as Unstable Signifiers; M.Geisler * “We wanna show ‘em who we are”: National Events in England; M.Skey *
Scotland Days: Evolving Nation and Icons; D.McCrone * Remembering the Nation: Remembrance Days and the Nation in Ireland; J.Poulter * Australia Day: A Day for All Australians?; W.Pearson & G.O’Neill * Successful Nation-Building and Ceremonial Triumph: Constitution Day in Norway; G.Elgenius * Mediating the Nation: Celebrating 6th June in Sweden; M.Rodell * The Politics of Calendar: Independence Day in Finland; H.Nyyssönen * Celebrating German Reunification Day since 1990; V.Simon * Difficult Days and National Calendars: Italy, Cultural Trauma and giorno del ricordo; A.Cossu * Afrikaner Nationalism’s Holy Day; P.E.Louw * One Country: Three National Days (Valencia); E.Castello& R.Castello * Parading Conspicuous Identity: St Patrick’s Day, New York; G.McPherson, M.Foley & A.McIntosh * Marking Time: Conclusion; D.McCrone & G.McPherson