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The Nationalization of culture

Löfgren, Orvar LU (2017) In Ethnologia Europaea 47(1). p.35-53
Abstract

Although nationalism is an example of a cultural force which in many cases has overruled other, traditional identities and loyalties in nineteenth- and twentieth-century society, the study of nationalism has not been focused very much on the cultural praxis of national identity formation and sharing. As a result, the ideology and politics of nationalism are far better understood than the creation of Hungarianness and Swedishness. This paper1 discusses some approaches in the national culture-building of everyday life, using mainly Swedish examples. The focus is also on national culture as a battle arena, where different interest groups use arguments about national unity or heritage in hegemonic struggles. Different types of... (More)

Although nationalism is an example of a cultural force which in many cases has overruled other, traditional identities and loyalties in nineteenth- and twentieth-century society, the study of nationalism has not been focused very much on the cultural praxis of national identity formation and sharing. As a result, the ideology and politics of nationalism are far better understood than the creation of Hungarianness and Swedishness. This paper1 discusses some approaches in the national culture-building of everyday life, using mainly Swedish examples. The focus is also on national culture as a battle arena, where different interest groups use arguments about national unity or heritage in hegemonic struggles. Different types of "nationalization processes" are discussed, as for example ways in which certain cultural domains come to be defined as national, how national space is transformed into cultural space, or the way in which every new generation not only is nationalized into a given heritage but also creates its own version of a common, national frame of reference.

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Comparative approach, Everyday-life nationalisation, Historical anthropology, National identity, National-culture building, Sweden
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Ethnologia Europaea
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47
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1
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19 pages
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Open Library of Humanities
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0425-4597
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English
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  author       = {Löfgren, Orvar},
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  language     = {eng},
  month        = {01},
  number       = {1},
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  series       = {Ethnologia Europaea},
  title        = {The Nationalization of culture},
  volume       = {47},
  year         = {2017},
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