Banal Nationalism

Michael Billig presents a major challenge to orthodox conceptions of nationalism in this elegantly written book While traditional theorizing has tended to the focus on extreme expressions of nationalism, the author turns his attention to the everyday, less visible forms which are neither exotic or remote, he describes as banal nationalism.The author asks why people do noMichael Billig presents a major challenge to orthodox conceptions of nationalism in this elegantly written book While traditional theorizing has tended to the focus on extreme expressions of nationalism, the author turns his attention to the everyday, less visible forms which are neither exotic or remote, he describes as banal nationalism.The author asks why people do not forget their national identity He suggests that in daily life nationalism is constantly flagged in the media through routine symbols and habits of language Banal Nationalism is critical of orthodox theories in sociology, politics and social psychology for ignoring this core feature of national identity Michael Billig argues forcefully that wi
Banal Nationalism Michael Billig presents a major challenge to orthodox conceptions of nationalism in this elegantly written book While traditional theorizing has tended to the focus on extreme expressions of nationali

  • Title: Banal Nationalism
  • Author: Michael Billig
  • ISBN: 9780803975255
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Banal Nationalism”

    1. From the first sentence to the very last - both being worth quoting in every discussion on nationalism you ever partake in - this book kept amazing me by covering almost every subject imaginable (for being a book on nationalism, that is). From the weather report to the World Wrestling Federation to gender politics to postmodernism to tradition. You name it.While I might not be 100% sure what Billig is actually trying to say, he has helped me define where I stand regarding nationalism - and to se [...]

    2. The term "banal nationalism" adds a whole new dimension to the research of nationalism. The most important point in Bilings book is that nationalism has two types: "banal" and "hot". Hot nationalism is it's traditional definition - social and political processes and movements which are directed to reach or preserve a nation-state - but these actions are not needed in everyday life, they are occasional. Biling tries to prove that nationalism is part of our everyday life. In contrast of traditiona [...]

    3. This is one of my basic academic texts. Billig gets beyond the idea that nationalism is only a big political idea that happens out there, to unpack ways that it is in the everyday – the shape of the weather map in our local paper, the language of everyday politics, sports watching, and other mundane things. Direct, to the point, challenging.

    4. Billig's Banal Nationalism is a must read for anyone interested in the study of nationalism. Surpassed only by Anderson's Imagined Communities. In the book he explores what he calls banal nationalism, the nationalism that we are subjected to everyday, which makes us continuously and unconsciously identify with our nation. It is so banal that we cannot see it, only identifying the brutish nationalism of "others". At the same time our media, politics, schools, philosophy, language, and terrain all [...]

    5. I’m not sure how I feel about posting on non-fiction. Reasons for? I read a lot of it and much of it is interesting. Reasons against? I only ever read non-fiction for work and I’m not sure I like the idea of “Literary Vice” being related to work. Also, I have less to say about character consistency and plot engagement when it comes to non-fiction. Considerably less.I read “Banal Nationalism” because I was curious about the ways individuals perform their national-allegiance (nationali [...]

    6. As someone who's just written a book about national anthems, I'm clearly going to see this as important - showing just how every day things, like anthems, reinforce our conceptions of national identity. But the fact it's such an incredibly fast and easy read really does add to its worth - his points made so well, you can't feel overwhelmed by the intellect behind them.The only problem with it is the bizarre final section which is largely him listing all the foreign countries where the book's bee [...]

    7. Good book with a valid and very important central narrative deconstructing our world's everyday barely-visible nationalist dogma we are being brainwashed with, which paves the way for competition and hate between humans of different nations.Read first couple of chapters, skip the rest as they are repetitive and go to the concluding chapters which deconstruct what is referred to by the lexically benign sounding "globalization" (global implying innocent, all-inclusive, all-connecting natural proce [...]

    8. Billig presents a nationalism different from previous academic literature. His insight on how states flag their nationality on a daily basis, through deixis in news, sports, etc, is worth taking into account. I found his criticism on how patriotism is considered something good and nationalism is only preserved for extreme others to be interesting. Billig uses various examples in his book to demonstrate how states constantly flag their banal nationalism to reproduce or preserve a cultural unity b [...]

    9. Wow! This is a timeless piece. Written in 1995, reprinted repeatedly without editions, and still as relevant as it was back then! Amazing! Enough interesting bits to keep me hooked over two months! Very insightful analysis. I wish Billig could write one from a non-Western perspective too. It would be so interesting to also see from China's point of view for example.

    10. This book is an excellent companion to Benedict Anderson's "Imagined Communities." Billig looks specifically at how nationalism is reinforced in daily lives and where these traditions came from. It can be a bit repetitive, however, and without reading Anderson's book first one might be a bit lost in the earlier chapters.

    11. Billig's key insight--that nationalism is best understood as the subtle, un-noticed, and yet ubiquitous markers of statehood that we live with--is hugely important. That being said, this thesis could have been defended in a solid article in a professional journal.

    12. A great book for understanding how nationalism still pervades everyday life providing a thorough insight grounded in everyday examples. Provides fresh and invaluable insight into nationalism.

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