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Nation and Commemoration : Creating National Identities in the United States and Australia - Lynette P. Spillman

Nation and Commemoration

Creating National Identities in the United States and Australia

Hardcover Published: 28th January 1997
ISBN: 9780521574044
Number Of Pages: 266

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What do people think when they imagine themselves as part of a nation? Nation and Commemoration answers this question in an exploration of the creation and recreation of national identities through commemorative activities. Extending recent work in cultural sociology and history, Lyn Spillman compares centennial and bicentennial celebrations in the United States and Australia to show how national identities can emerge from processes of 'cultural production'. She systematically analyses the symbols and meanings of national identity in these two 'new nations', identifying changes and continuities, similarities and differences in how visions of history, place in the world, politics, land, and diversity have been used to express nationhood. The result is a deeper understanding, not only of American and Australian national identities, but also of the global process of nation-formation.

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"This book adds to our understanding by drawing on the historical experiences of 'settler' countries." "...Spillman offers us an understanding of differences and similarities in Australian and U.S. national identities, and of national identity formation in general." Connie L. McNeely, Social Forces " Nation and Commemoration is a towering achievement...because it makes sense of massive amounts of information about national identity and collective memory without simplistically reducing it...to the manipulative imagination of cultural elites. Spillman's book will be a standard reference. No other book documents so thoroughly and so persuasively the process by which nations come to know themselves." Barry Schwartz, American Jrnl of Sociology "Nation and commemoration provides a detailed, comparative analysis of national identity as revealed by national celebrations in two countries." International Affairs "Nation and Commemoration makes an important contribution to the literature on national identity, through a study of the centennial and bicentennial celebrations in Australia and United States." Journal of Australian Studies "...Spillman has...written a lively, clear and engaging book that is obviously well researched." Australian Journal of Political Science "This is a rich book, and one from which a great variety of readers will find something to add to their own thinking about Australian and American nationalism." Journal of Intercultural Studies "Apart from finding the book interesting and well contructed, any scholar working in this area, or related areas, will particularly value the bibliographic material." Sociology

Comparing national identities
æEvery-one admits that commemorations have their usesÆ: producing national identities in celebration
æOur country by the world receivedÆ: centennial celebrations in 1876 and 1888
æTo remind ourselves that we are a united nationÆ: bicentennial celebrations in 1976 and 1988
Making nations meaningful in the United States and Australia
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ISBN: 9780521574044
ISBN-10: 0521574048
Series: Cambridge Cultural Social Studies (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 28th January 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.56