By Thomas Hylland Eriksen,Richard Jenkins
Although the symbolic and political significance of flags has usually been pointed out by way of students of nationalism, there are few in-depth experiences of the importance of flags for nationwide identities.
This multi-disciplinary assortment deals case experiences and comparisons of flag historical past, makes use of and controversies.
This ebook brings jointly a dozen students, from various nationwide and disciplinary backgrounds, to deals a cluster of shut readings of flags of their social contexts, as a rule modern, but additionally historic. Case reports from Denmark, England, Northern eire, Norway, Sweden, and the U.S. discover ways that flags are contested, fire up strong feelings, should be commercialised in a few contexts yet now not in others, function quasi-religious symbols, and as actual boundary markers; how an analogous flag may be solemn and formal in a single environment, yet stand for household bliss and casual cultural intimacy in one other.
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