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Banal Catalanism?

Crameri, Kathryn (2000) Banal Catalanism? National Identities, 2 (2). pp. 145-157. ISSN 1469-9907

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Abstract

Michael Billig's book Banal Nationalism (1995) set out to expose the covert ways in which established nation-states reinforce their legitimacy by constantly 'flagging' the national identity to their citizens. He terms this kind of nationalism 'banal', in contrast with more obvious 'hot' nationalist movements. This article applies Billig's theory of 'banal nationalism' not to an established nation-state but to present-day Catalonia, an 'historic nation' which now enjoys a large measure of autonomy. The article argues that in Catalonia, forms of 'banal nationalism' are generated by Catalan institutions, exist in competition with the 'banal nationalism' of the Spanish State, and might be partly responsible for the 'cooling' of Catalanism which is currently worrying some Catalanists.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: National Identities
Uncontrolled Keywords: Historical Sociology ; Nationalism ; Social & Cultural History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > European Languages & Cultures
ID Code: 14325
Deposited By: Mrs Karen Gerrard
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2008 15:33
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:13
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/14325

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